Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Ceisteanna (173)

John Brassil

Ceist:

173. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review and reduce or remove the eligibility clause on the minimum spend of €2,000 for TAMS to eliminate the disincentive to participate in the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37947/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

To date, over 29,000 applications have been submitted under the suite of seven TAMS measures. Payment claims have been submitted in 11,500 of these cases. All approved applicants are encouraged to submit a payment claim as soon as they have completed their approved works.

The average spend of a TAMS II participant (€36,500) is significantly higher than the minimum investment level of €2,000.

In setting the minimum level of expenditure eligible for approval under TAMS II, consideration must be given to the administrative cost of processing an individual application and ensuring value for money.