In brief: Teagasc advisory seven back in job
Seven contract advisory staff have returned to the Teagasc advisory branch after a lengthy dispute with the State body and the Department of Finance.
In spite of a Labour Court recommendation that they were entitled to continue working with Teagasc, the staff had been ordered to vacate their offices in the New Year when the Department of Finance refused to sanction their positions.
After direct negotiations between officials and the Irish Agricultural Advisory and Training Service (IAATS), SIPTU and IMPACT trade unions, the seven advisers returned to their duties last month.
EU veg union push for better sector
European farming union Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU Commission to urgently improve crisis management and prevention measures in Europe's fruit and vegetables sector.
The group warned that the sector was in crisis after a sharp fall in the value of EU fruit production of 12.7pc last year and a 12pc fall in producer incomes.
Copa-Cogeca urged the Commission to increase the volume of production that is eligible for withdrawal as well as the amounts of community compensation for withdrawals.
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