Private agricultural advisers will need financial support to support regional services, new technologies and research data, a new report by the Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) has found.

‘Recalibrating Advisory Services for a New Era in Irish Farming’, undertaken by economist Jim Power, said that Teagasc receives an estimated €27m in state funding each year for its adviser services for 43,000 farmers while the ACA, with 55,000 farmer clients, receives no funding.