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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. has confirmed that the latest tranche of the Targeted Agricultural Measures Scheme (TAMS) is open.
Europe Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed
The current tranche closes at midnight tonight with high levels level of interest in the scheme continuing and over 2,250 applications already received.
The Minister commented “I am delighted with the continued interest in the suite of seven measures available under the TAMS scheme.
“There are now over 24,000 applications received under the scheme to date including 2,250 applications to date under Tranche 13.
“Over €121.7m has been paid out to farmers so far under the Scheme with weekly payments currently averaging over €1.5m.”
Speaking at the 21st meeting of the Food Wise 2025 High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC), Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, today announced the opening of the Ukrainian market for Irish beef and pork: “This agreement follows on from bilateral negotiations between my Department and the Ukrainian authorities, with the assistance of the Irish Embassy in Prague.
“The opening of this new market is a reflection of the confidence the Ukrainian authorities have in the high standards of food safety and the rigorous controls in Ireland.
“It marks another important step in the development of Ireland’s agri-food links with Ukraine.”
Details on these new arrangements for trading with the Ukraine are being added to the department’s market access portal and a trader notice will issue for processors and exporters shortly.
The Minister also led discussions on the preparations of the department and relevant State Agencies for Brexit, on the development of new markets for agri food products, and on the development of new opportunities for adding value to agri food production, through initiatives in the bioeconomy.
The development of new market opportunities for the Irish agri food sector is one of the key themes of Food Wise 2025 and is a central part of Ireland’s Brexit mitigation strategy.
Through the oversight structures established under Food Wise, the Minister coordinates the work of the Department and agencies, to ensure that Irish food and drink exports have access to key markets, and that products are targeted at the right markets and the right segments within these markets. ■