IFA welcomes deadline extension for National Farm Safety Measure

IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche has welcomed the extension of the deadline for applications for the new National Farm Safety Measure to Friday, October 27th, which was recently announced by Minister Martin Heydon.

To apply for the measure, a farmer or Farm Advisory System (FAS) approved Advisor, must submit an expression of interest before investing in the equipment. It should be noted that when the expression of interest is submitted, written confirmation does not issue by post. Applications for payment (claims) should be submitted on AgFood.ie via the new AgSchemes – Applications for Payment, as soon as possible and no later than Friday, October 27th.

Teresa Roche said she strongly encourages farmers to avail of this National Farm Safety Measure and urges all farmers to purchase and use farm safety equipment, which will protect people from serious and fatal injuries.

The measure will provide a financial contribution to participating farmers for a maximum of two quad helmets and four PTO shaft covers. The grant-aid will be at a rate of 60% subject to a maximum eligible cost of €100 per PTO shaft cover and €150 per quad bike (ATV) helmet, she explained.

Farmers are reminded that from November 20th, it will be mandatory for all operators of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs/Quads) to undergo training and to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including a helmet, when using such vehicles for work.

Any queries regarding the scheme should be directed to farmsafetymeasure@agriculture.gov.i