Minister of State with special responsibility for research, development and farm, safety, Martin Heydon, intends to launch a call under the locally-led Innovation Partnership model (EIP’s) specifically related to farm safety.
This will see the provision of €1m in funding supporting a competitive, ‘locally-led’ call for farm safety initiatives.
The Minister also announced a major initiative which will see over 50,000 farmers access farm safety training.
This programme, incorporating biodiversity and farm safety training will be of huge benefit’ he said, “and it will build on the over 14,600 farmers who have already received farm safety training as part of the application for support under TAMS”.
A further €80m under TAMS will also allow the delivery of commitments made under the scheme, including for specific farm safety measures such as external agitation points for slurry tanks, sliding doors, handling equipment as well as rewiring and safety cages. he added.
Safety at ‘heart of our farms’
‘‘I want to put safety at the heart of our farms and I want farmers to be centrally involved in how we do that.”
“Our farms and farmyards are working environments and we must work together to make them safer. This will happen only by changing behaviours, increasing awareness, training, and investment in key farm safety measures.”
“The allocations in market development, research and farm safety, together with the other Departmental measures, will help to address challenges arising from Brexit, climate change and farm safety for the farming community in 2021” concluded Heydon.