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Sunday 11 December 2016

Teagasc advisors threaten to withdraw from €100m scheme

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

Revenue may ask questions if a stream of money comes into a farmer's account
Revenue may ask questions if a stream of money comes into a farmer's account

Teagasc advisors have threatened to withdraw from the Knowledge Transfer groups scheme unless the Department addresses concerns about the administration of the scheme.

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In a letter seen by the Farming Independent, the Irish Agricultural Advisory and Training Service (IAATS) union has written to the head of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle, outlining six key problems with the scheme.

Funding of €100m has been set aside by the Government under the Rural Development Programme for 27,000 farmers to take part in the programme over three years.

"We expect senior management of Teagasc to consult with the Department to get the current problems sorted otherwise as an advisory body we will not be involved," a spokesman for the IAATS union representing the farm advisors warned.

The spokesman warned many held valid concerns over the potential financial administration of the scheme and use of their own bank accounts.

"If a stream of money starts to come into your account then Revenue may have questions for you," he said.

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