The IFA is advising farmers to take simple steps in this present Covid19 crisis to ensure they are best prepared for whatever happens to them over the next number of weeks and months.
Roy O’Brien Regional Officer with the IFA says farmers like everyone else need to listen and adhere to the HSE advice regarding hand washing and social distancing.
In addition they need to have a Farm Plan in place, both short and long term. They need to keep in phone contact with a number of neighbours and have relevant phone numbers to hand and their Eircode number.
Writing things down rather than relying entirely on memory, Mr O’Brien told Midwest News today, is very important. "Any farmer can contract the virus and may be laid low for a few weeks, and if the notes are written down and readily available it will make it easier for your neighbours to assist. The importance of the long tradition of “meitheal” among the farming community is vital."