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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Over 1,100 Knowledge Transfer Groups approved to date

Beef producers are pictured at a Teagasc autumn grass walk on the farm of Billy Glasheen, Lismolin, Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. Photo: O'Gorman Photography
Beef producers are pictured at a Teagasc autumn grass walk on the farm of Billy Glasheen, Lismolin, Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. Photo: O'Gorman Photography
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Department of Agriculture has to date approved over 1,100 discussion groups under the new Knowledge Transfer programme.

The Knowledge Transfer Programme is included in Ireland's Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020. 

According to the Department, while the RDP envisages the training of 27,000 farmers over the period to 2020, no specific target was set in relation to the number of groups to be formed.

It says to date 20,252 farmer applications have now been registered for the scheme.

Applications to Knowledge Transfer Scheme      

  • Beef - 10,072       
  • Dairy - 4,258         
  • Sheep - 4,310      
  • Tillage - 885          
  • Poultry - 248        
  • Equine - 479

According to latest Department of Agriculture figures to date, 1,112 Knowledge Transfer Groups have been approved with a small number deemed ineligible.

Staff in the Department are currently liaising with facilitators to finalise outstanding groups and to process a number of query and appeal cases.

Groups will run for a 3 year period from June, 2016.  In common with other measures under the RDP, monitoring of targets and associated budgets is ongoing over the life of the Programme, in conjunction with the annual estimates process.

The deadline for registration was extended to July 14 in order to allow further time for facilitators to finalise arrangements for their groups.

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