Department to approve 15 additional Teagasc course teachers for Green Cert
Speaking in the the Dail this week the Minister for Agriculutre, Michael Creed has said his department have approved the additional appointment of 15 temporary post for Teagasc teachers in tackle the backlog in Green Cert waiting lists.
Creed’s comments came on the back of a parliamentary question from FF TD Brendan Smith.
As reported by That’s Farming the Green Cert has faced a serious backlog with thousands of young farmers waiting to complete the course, young farmers are not eligible to receive certain farm payments until the course is done.
One problem facing applicants is that in 2016, the deadline for having it completed was bumped up to May 2016, causing a huge surge in applications, waiting-lists of those wanting to do the Cert with Teagasc, and thousands being frozen out of the scheme as a result.
The Department did their best to help Teagasc increase the places available on the course, but according the Minister’s team, nothing else can be done since it’s dependent on EU regulation.
The increase in the number of teachers to deliver the course is a welcome move.