Teagasc spent €4m outsourcing GLAS planning work
The semi-State agency Teagasc spent almost €6m employing external agencies to provide services
Last year Teagasc spent €4.016m outsourcing work to Farm Relief Services last year for planners to help farmers apply for the Green Low Carbon Agricultural Scheme (GLAS).
Teagasc originally outsourced the work through tender, in 2014, which FRS won to provide 80 planners at the time.
Teagasc has received €4.319m in income from farmers in GLAS fees.
Teagasc said at the time that it would ensure that a qualified planner, through FRS would be available to Teagasc clients to help them apply for GLAS.
Farmer clients would then pay Teagasc for the service and Teagasc would pay FRS. It was estimated at the time that plans to apply for the scheme would cost approximately €1,400 through Teagasc. The maximum available to any farmer through the scheme is €5,000.
GLAS is a five-year scheme that opened to farmers in 2015 and approximately 38,000 farmers have joined. It has a maximum capacity of 50,000 farmers.