Written answers

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Rural Development Programme

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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249. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the process for grant-aid for tillage facilities to be included in the targeted agricultural modernisation scheme II; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43850/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The introduction of a specific scheme of investments for Tillage farmers is included in a formal amendment to the Rural Development Programme proposed by my Department. The detail of this proposal is currently under negotiation with the European Commission. The Terms and Conditions of the Scheme will be finalised on receipt of the approval from the Commission and arrangements made for online applications. Grant aid is already available to assist tillage farmers under the existing TAMS II schemes with regard to, for example, the construction of nutrient storage facilities and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water and related facilities as well as farm-safety investments such as sliding/rolling doors and farmyard lighting.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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250. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine what tillage facilities under the targeted agricultural modernisation scheme II will be eligible for arable under this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43851/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The introduction of a specific scheme of investments for Tillage farmers is included in a formal amendment to the Rural Development Programme proposed by my Department. The detail of this proposal is currently under negotiation with the European Commission. The Terms and Conditions of the Scheme will be finalised on receipt of the approval from the Commission and arrangements made for online applications. The investment items that have been considered for approval by the Commission include precision farming equipment, grain stores and grain storage equipment, low disturbance tillage equipment and rainwater harvesting and storage. Grant aid is already available to assist tillage farmers under the existing TAMS II schemes in respect of, for example, the construction of nutrient storage facilities and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water and related facilities as well as farm-safety investments such as sliding/rolling doors and farmyard lighting.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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251. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when arable farmers will be able to apply for grant aid for tillage facilities under targeted agricultural modernisation scheme II, the moneys that have been allocated to this scheme, when grant aid will be paid out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43852/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The introduction of a specific scheme of investments for Tillage farmers is included in a formal amendment to the Rural Development Programme proposed by my Department. The detail of this proposal is currently under negotiation with the European Commission. The Terms and Conditions of the Scheme will be finalised on receipt of the approval from the Commission and arrangements will be made for online applications as soon as possible thereafter. Grant aid is already available to assist tillage farmers under the existing TAMS II schemes in respect of, for example, the construction of nutrient storage facilities and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water and related facilities as well as farm-safety investments such as sliding/rolling doors and farmyard lighting.

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