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Teagasc provides specialist technical and financial advice for mushroom growers with information in a time critical manner. Teagasc respond to industry needs by providing the following services:
- Delivery of a defined technical services package for growers by developing and implementing an overall grower plan and an industry wide optimization plan in conjunction with growers and marketing companies.
- Acting as a point of contact for growing-related issues with growers and with compost and mushroom marketing companies.
- Supporting supply/demand planning with marketing companies and growers.
- Ensuring compliance with good corporate governance and internal control requirements and respond in a timely manner to information requests. Being acquainted with UK retailer proprietary QA systems and HACCP in the context of grower facilities.
- Financially appraise growers’ performance using grower cost and return profit monitors.
- Developing business plans and supporting documentation for the NDP Commercial Horticulture grant scheme on behalf of growers and complete the annual application with grower’s participation.
- Proactively engage and participate in the annual business planning and risk management processes and where appropriate, assist producer organisations to manage the implementation of the business plan to meet organisational goals and objectives.
- Organising technical farm walks, workshops, seminars and conferences for growers.