Farm Ireland

Saturday 25 November 2017

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.

ASA to host two economic events

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The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) will this month hold two agricultural economics seminars in association with Ulster Bank.

The seminars take place on Wednesday, April 21, in Ulster Bank head office, Georges Quay, Dublin 2, and on Tuesday, April 27, in Ulster Bank, Blackpool, in Cork city.

Speakers will include senior economist Simon Barry, who will present a review of the Irish economy, IFA chief economist Rowena Dwyer, who will discuss farming during the economic downturn and the potential for growth, and Teagasc economist Trevor Donnellan, who will outline this year's economic prospects for Ireland's agricultural industry.

UK's RPA ordered to cut admin costs

Britain's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has been ordered to slash the amount it costs to process Single Farm Payments.

The agency currently spends a staggering £1,743 (€1,962) to process each Single Farm Payment application, and the body has been criticised for wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers money on administration costs.

It now aims to reduce administration costs by 10pc this year and costs for each claim by 15pc.

Irish Independent