Eco-advisors to work with 5,000 farmers
THE roll-out of Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP), which aims to encourage sustainable farming, was announced yesterday by the Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed.
A collaboration between Government and the dairy industry, ASSAP involves 30 new ‘Agricultural Sustainability Advisors’ working with 5,000 farmers nationwide to encourage sustainable farming, while meeting stringent water quality requirements.
The programme arose from the River Basin Management Plan, which identified agriculture as a significant pressure in over 50pc of cases where waters were at risk of not meeting the required ecological status by 2027. Twenty of the advisors will be based with Teagasc, and 10 with dairy processors.