Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (223)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

223. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of funding approved for works in TAMS II applications that has yet to be drawn down and which expired by the end of 2018; the number of applicants in this position; the value of moneys approved not drawn down by the end of 2018; the status of moneys approved but not drawn down; and if the funds can be carried forward within the scheme or returned to the Exchequer. [3694/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

There is a budget in place of €395m for the suite of seven measures available under TAMS II for the duration of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. To date the expenditure amounts to €105.574m. The Scheme is co-funded under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

964 approvals expired at the end of 2018 with a grant value of €11.787m. At the same time over 8,900 farmers had a TAMSII approval in place for which they had not yet submitted a payment claim with a grant value of €171.904m. All of these approvals represent committed expenditure under the TAMS II measure of the Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020. Until such time as these approvals are acted upon or expire the budget for TAMS must include provision for the potential expenditure involved.

All participants who have completed approved works are urged to submit their payment claims immediately to facilitate early payment.

The Scheme remains open for new applications and applications continue to be received and processed under the Scheme with over 2,000 applications submitted under the latest tranche that closed on 7 December 2018.