€175 million will be available to farmers under the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme and the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Scheme (LESS), which form part of the new Rural Development Programme (2014-2020).
According to Senator Mulcahy: “Farmers who meet the general eligibility criteria can avail of a standard rate of aid of 40% on investments up to a ceiling of €80,000. Those availing of the LESS scheme, which has an indicative budget of €4 million, will be able to avail of an independent ceiling of €40,000 which will not impact on the ceiling of €80,000 across the other TAMS II Schemes.
“Minister Coveney has outlined that the schemes can be used for the construction of new animal housing, the provision of nutrient storage facilities and the ever important safety elements to a more environmentally-friendly approach to the spreading of slurry, with knock-on benefits for Ireland’s ammonia and climate targets.
“These are the third and fourth of the new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) and are co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
“Farmers can learn more by reading the Department guidelines on the website, www.agriculture.gov.ie,” added Senator Mulcahy.