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Covid-19: Availability of farm machinery parts ‘may be a problem’

“We all need to work together to minimise machine risk in these challenging times.”

Those were the words of Richard White, national chairman of the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI), who spoke in relation to the current global health pandemic earlier this morning (Wednesday, April 1st).

“Farm and forestry contractors will play their important part in ensuring that crops are planted, and fertiliser and slurry are spread in a timely way, as well as crops harvested, during the current Covid-19 outbreak.”

Concerns 

“We are concerned that machine parts availability may be a problem, depending on the length of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

“We are also urging all livestock and dairy farmer customers to roll their silage ground as soon as conditions allow, so that when the silage harvest is in full swing, there are fewer stoppages due to unnecessary machine breakages,” White added.

The association and the IFA have come together to draw up a protocol for farms where contractors are working, as reported by That’s Farming.

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