New farm investment scheme announced

Pig and poultry farmers will get the opportunity to benefit from a new €17m investment scheme, the Irish minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced. 

The TAMS II (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme II) will assist farmers to purchase new equipment for the upgrading of pig and poultry units. This will enable farmers to comply with animal welfare legislative requirements.

The scheme is open to all farmers who meet the eligibility criteria, offering a standard rate of 40% on the investment up to a ceiling of €80,000 and starting from €2,000.

Minister Coveney said: “I am delighted to launch the new Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme. This investment of €17m reflects my Department’s ongoing commitment to the growth potential of this important sector and to the modernisation of farming in Ireland. I hope that pig and poultry farmers will look very seriously at the opportunities offered by this new scheme.”

A total of €395m has been made available for TAMS II schemes with €17m earmarked for the pig and poultry sector. The new scheme is being co-funded by the European Union.

The areas of investment available include: medicine dispenser units, water meters, solar panels, heat recovery units/heat pumps, energy efficient boilers, feed system upgrades (for medication reduction and energy efficiency), energy-efficient upgrade for farrowing houses, weaner housing, fattener housing, poultry house and disease reduction facilities for existing poultry houses.

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