ACA slams amount of State help for Teagasc
Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00
INDEPENDENT agricultural consultants have called for an end to the State subsidy of Teagasc advisers, claiming it is anti-competitive.
The Agricultural Consultants' Association (ACA) claims it now has more than 44,600 clients making it the largest provider of farm advice, and it has called for the implementation of the McCarthy 'Bord Snip' report recommendations.
ACA president Bréian Carrol told the association's annual general meeting that income generated by Teagasc advisors was dwarfed by pay and travel costs, showing a net loss to the State of more than €28m.