Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (175)

Charlie McConalogue


175. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on proposals (details supplied); and the estimated full year cost of such a proposal. [26045/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The interest in the Low Emissions Slurry Spreading (LESS) measure of TAMS II has been very strong with over 2,000 farmers approved to purchase machinery. In relation to payments, over 850 applicants have already been paid over €10m under the LESS Scheme. In addition, a further 495 Young Farmers have invested in this equipment bringing the total spend under TAMS II on LESS to date to €15.2m. The adoption of dribble bar, shallow injection and trailing shoe technology is making an important contribution in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Irish livestock sector.

The TAMS II Scheme, is co-funded by the EU and approved by the EU Commission as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020. Under these provisions, there is no scope to offer an increased grant rate over and above the existing 40% standard rate and 60% rate for Young Farmers.

Policy on VAT is matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance.