The first meeting of a task force that will explore possible policy changes to assist the agricultural sector in improving its safety record convened recently.
The task force, which was chaired by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, comprises representatives from various Government departments and State agencies, who are identified as having a role to play in deciding on the appropriateness of certain policy changes. These changes were suggested by agricultural sector representatives following Minister Breen and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed’s meeting with those organisations in May 2017.
It is expected that the task force will meet again and firm proposals will emerge. Minister Breen will also discuss a number of actions arising from this meeting with Minister Creed.
Minister Breen is calling on farmers to stay safe, think about their actions and consider work practices on a daily basis.