Dáil Éireann - Volume 426 - 25 February, 1993

Written Answers. - Teagasc Advisory Service Charges.

169. Mr. Yates asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the situation in relation to Teagasc advisory service charges; and the steps, if any, he is taking to minimise increases, particularly to developmental categories of farmers.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): In the context of the efficiency plan for Teagasc, I approved, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, increased charges to farmers for certain advisory services. These charges came into effect on 1 November 1992. The efficiency plan contains a number of elements which are designed to ensure the long term viability of the organisation and provide the agriculture and food industry with the most relevant services in a cost-effective manner.