Farm Ireland

Friday 20 April 2018

Knowledge transfer row defused

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Teagasc has secured key assurances on a number of contentious issues surrounding the Knowledge Transfer groups scheme including the issue of monies being placed into facilitators' personal bank accounts.

Advisors with the State agricultural service threatened to withdrawn from the €100m plan unless all concerns about the administration of the scheme are resolved.

A spokesman for Teagasc stated a number of central concerns had been resolved.

Staff due to facilitate groups had raised issue with being asked to log in to the system with their own PPS numbers attached, which means office administration staff cannot help with paperwork. Advisors also raised concerns over monies going into their bank accounts for farmers.

A Teagasc spokesman said key assurances had been received on the log in and that facilitators will act as an agent on behalf of Teagasc.

He said monies would pass through a Teagasc account for the scheme payments.

A spokesman for Teagasc staff said they were pleased with the assurances but would not be cooperating until they were certain office staff were being given full access.

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