The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has made its coronavirus guidance public in an effort to keep the industry safe and all contractors working in the current crisis.
Commenting, Jill Hewitt, NAAC chief executive says: “It is vital that the industry can work together and it is no longer appropriate to limit important information, as we also need farmers to read this guidance to try and keep themselves, staff and contractors safe in the current crisis.
“Agricultural contractors have a dual role in this emergency to keep everyone protected, whilst providing necessary operations to farmers in the essential provision of food for the nation. Over 90 per cent of farmers use a contractor and many will not be able to manage without their services in coming months, for key operations such as drilling, spraying, mobile feed mixing and sheep shearing.”
The guidance emphasises the need to work in partnership with farmers to take all necessary precautions, whilst avoiding direct contact wherever possible.
While many farmers can remain ‘home-working’, contractors will need to move about, particularly following the desperately wet autumn. And it will be vital to many farmers that they can still access contractor’s specialist services and labour – particularly if farm staff need time off, according to NAAC.
“It will be critical to share resources and work together to get crops in the ground and maintain high standards of animal welfare,” says Ms Hewitt.
Visit NAAC website to access the guidance.