Sligo agricultural official calls for farmers to be included in Covid 19 fund

The Chairperson of The Sligo Beef Plan Movement  has called on the newly formed Government Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 to implement sick pay arrangement for farmers to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.


Gerard Pikington says that there will be farmers that contract the virus and are unable to fulfil their duties on their farm, such as milking, and will need assistance.


The Sligo farm official said this would have the potential to cause extreme hardship on farms and the Government needs to ensure that farmers are able to receive relief and be in a position to pay a contractor or farm hand to cover the time they are unable to work on their own farms.