1000 Farmers participate in FarmSafe Awareness
09 October 2013
Minister O’Neill has welcomed the news that 1,000 farmers and farm family members have already participated in the FarmSafe Awareness programme.
FarmSafe Awareness is an initiative developed by the industry through the Farm Safety Partnership and is designed specifically for the Northern Ireland farming community and delivered locally on 37 participating Focus Farms by a network of dedicated farm facilitators. The awareness training is considered an important element of a wider range of collaborative measures designed to increase awareness with the primary purpose of reducing farm accidents and fatalities.
Minister O’Neill commented: “Farm Safety remains an important priority for my Department and I am delighted that the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme is able to support the delivery of FarmSafe Awareness. These workshops are considered an essential part of a comprehensive industry wide effort to make farms safer. There is a culture of risk taking within local agriculture and it is important that we work to change this mindset and to encourage farmers to stop and think about their work environment and their actions. We are working towards a target of attracting 3,000 farmers and farm families by March 2014 and I am pleased to see we are well underway to meeting this target with 1,000 farmers and their families participating to date. FarmSafe Awareness combines practical guidance with real life farm experiences and I believe it is this combination of delivery by farmers for farmers that makes this programme successful and I would actively encourage farmers and their families to get involved.”
Registrations can be accepted on a group or individual basis and sessions will run once a minimum of 10 people are registered for one FarmSafe Awareness course. A light lunch is provided and sessions can run during week days or on Saturdays as demands request.
BOOK NOW: Contact FarmSafe on 0845 026 7536
Visit: www.countrysiderural.co.uk for participating Focus Farms
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Notes to Editor
1. Photograph: Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michelle O’Neill MLA, Eamonn Matthews (Ai Services) and Teresa Canavan (RDC) representing the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership.
2. Countryside Agri Rural Partnership (CARP) is a consortium led by Countryside Services Ltd, working together with the Rural Development Council (RDC) and AI Services Ltd. The Partnership delivers measures under Axis 1 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme including Focus Farms, Farm Family Options (Skills and Mentoring), Farm Modernisation, Benchmarking and Supply Chain Development measures.
3. The Rural Development Council (RDC) is responsible for the delivery of the Farm Family Options (Skills) Measure under which this training is being delivered in conjunction with AI Services.
4. For any enquiries please contact Anne Marie Bell, Farm Family Options, on 0845 026 7534