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Meeting with Farm Bodies

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., engaged by teleconference with the leaders of the farming organisations on 24 March,  to discuss contingency planning for the agri-food sector, as part of the whole of Government response to Covid-19 with positive engagement and a very strong commitment by all to encourage compliance with public health guidance from the Department of Health and the HSE.

Minister Creed and Department officials continue to engage with the leaders of the farming organisations and other stakeholders, to ensure that essential services such as payment processing, TB testing, animal welfare inspections, animal identification and passport issuing, BVD testing, controls at livestock marts and animal export certification can continue to enable the business of farming to operate.

The Minister assured the farm leaders that the Department and its agencies would be working hard to keep services to farmers and the agri-food sector as a whole going in this difficult time. Against this background it is critically important that the regulatory and administrative services necessary to protect processing and production are maintained.  It is acknowledged that the temporary closure of livestock marts is an unfortunate but necessary measure, and the Department will work with stakeholders on contingency measures, to ensure that, as far as possible, livestock sales are facilitated.

In relation to necessary on-farm inspections, the Minister explained that Department officials are operating under a revised protocol to ensure compliance with the latest HSE guidelines, and for the duration of this national emergency will engage with the farmer by phone before any inspection takes place.  

The critical role that farm bodies fulfil in their communities was acknowledged, and the Minister stressed the need to be particularly vigilant in relation to farm safety, at a time when more children are on farm than is typical for this time of year.

This meeting followed a series of engagements with stakeholders across the sector.  Minister Creed and Minister of State Andrew Doyle, and their Department, will continue that very close engagement as the situation evolves.

Senior officials are in constant contact with the relevant stakeholders.