Teagasc income jumps by €10m in 2015 to reach €175m

Teagasc’s income jumped by €10m in 2015 to reach €175m, it was revealed today in its Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2015.

This figure excludes the organisation’s net deferred funding for pensions, which stood at €9.96m in 2015, down from €26.8m in 2014.

Research income increased by €4.3m (17%) compared to the previous year, with €3.5m of the increase coming from externally funded research projects, its financial statements for the year ending December 2015 show.

Income in the Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Directorate also increased by €5.5m (34%) compared to 2014.

This was made up of an increase of €1.8m in Education income and there was an increase of €3.8m in Advisory Services income.

A strategic partnership business model with FRS to deliver a GLAS planning service to farmers was also introduced.

Last year was the first year in which Teagasc presented its results under FRS102, the financial reporting standard applicable in the UK and Ireland issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), as promulgated by Chartered Accountants Ireland.

As a result, the 2014 results were restated to reflect this change. Moorepark Technology Limited (MTL) is now accounted for as a subsidiary from January, 1 2014. Previously it was accounted for as a joint venture.

Speaking at the publication of the Teagasc Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2015, Chairman Dr Noel Cawley said last year was an extremely busy year for Teagasc in its research, advisory and education functions.

“That high level of output has continued into the current year, as we work closely with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other partners in the sector to achieve the objectives of the Food Wise 2025 Strategy for the industry,” he said.

Teagasc revenue sources 2015:
  • Oireachtas grants: €133,008,000
  • EU funding: €2,542,000
  • Sale of livestock: €2,943,000
  • Operational income: €31,477,000
  • Net deferred funding of pensions: €9,960,000
  • Surplus on disposal of fixed assets: €62,000
  • Other grants, donations and voluntary levies: €3,486,000
  • Sales of goods: €117,000
  • Research and technology services: €972,000
  • Total revenue: €184,567,000