Feighan in call to young farmers

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan has encouraged young farmers in Co. Roscommon to apply for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme, following the announcement by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, that the online application system opened on Tuesday.

  “This is the first of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and it comprises a €120 million scheme aimed at young farmers,” he said.

  “Farmers must be below 40 years of age at the time of application and have been set up in farming within the previous five years.

  “The grant-aid available under this scheme and the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Schemes will assist tillage farmers for the construction of nutrient storage facilities, and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water, and related facilities, as well as farm-safety investments.

  “The Farm Safety items include the provision of sliding/roller doors. “Tillage farmers will also be able to avail of grant-aid under the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Scheme.

  “This scheme provides grant-aid for the purchase of new equipment for the spreading of slurry which has distinct environmental advantages.”