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Controlled burning training courses for farmers could be crucial to the prevention of future gorse fires

Controlled burning training courses for farmers could be crucial to the prevention of future gorse fires.

That’s the view of Teagasc Forestry advisor John Casey.

John says in county Cork, farmers work in a meitheal / group when burning off scrub and he says the cooperative effort makes the task much safer and controlled.

Cork Wildfire Co-Op group is a multi agency group supported by Teagasc , the Forest Service, the IFA, the Gardai, Cork county council and Coilte and is leading the way on the matter.

John told Midwest News today about some of the efforts already underway in terms of controlled fire burning by Teagasc in Cork and its potential to be rolled out nationally.

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