Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

IFA worried by Teagasc outsourcing

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

The IFA has expressed concern over Teagasc's plans to contract out some of its 10,000 REPS 4 files to private consultants in certain areas.

Speaking following a meeting with Teagasc in Oakpark, IFA rural development chairman Flor McCarthy said farmers can refuse to have their files dealt with by non-Teagasc advisers if they so wish.

The IFA has insisted that there can be no extra charge imposed on farmers who are affected by the Teagasc move.

Mr McCarthy said that farmers had already paid for a five-year plan to be drawn up by Teagasc and the least they could expect was a service to match that fee.

The decision by Teagasc to tender out REPS review contracts to private agricultural consultants is being driven by the retirement of 33 advisers and support staff in the regional advisory areas this month.

Declan O'Brien

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