Farmers recognised as key workers
Farmers have been recognised by the Government as ‘key workers’ producing food and other necessary goods, meaning they can continue to go about their essential work in relation to producing food.
The category includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
The inclusion of farmers allows them to continue to undertake all actions necessary for the running of their businesses which they cannot undertake from home, and the FUW has made it clear to the authorities that this includes the movement of animals and feed - actions which are essential for food production and carry with them minimum risks in terms of coronavirus provided appropriate biosecurity measures are followed.
To date, the advice has focussed on the provision of schooling for key workers. However, further guidance is expected over the coming days, and the FUW has emphasised the need to ensure workers such as agricultural mechanics and contractors can continue to work to keep farm businesses running.