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Another bid to end horror of ‘killing fields’

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KEEPING children safe on the farm will be the central theme of the message being sent out to farmers this week by the Dept. of Agriculture along with their Single Farm Payment farm maps.

The Department, in conjunction with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), are this year again highlighting that farming continues to be the most dangerous occupation in Ireland with an average of 20 fatalities per year over the past four years.

In the 10 year period between 2,000 and 2010, a staggering 27 children have lost their lives on Irish farms – in 2013, four children lost their lives in farm accidents.

Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, said that while a farmyard may look like a playground in the eyes of a child, the fact of the matter was that children couldn’t be expected to anticipate the dangers of playing there.

“For example, carrying children as passengers in large machinery is taking a serious risk because tractors and machinery have been responsible for half of all farming fatalities in Ireland over the past 10 years,” said Minister Coveney. 

He said that each year, the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) conducted work place safety inspections – this year it would be focusing its inspections on high risk sectors with a target of 2,900 farm inspections for agriculture alone.

A top priority for the HSA and the Department was to reduce the numbers killed and injured concentrating on such areas as tractor and machinery safety, animal handling, slurry handling and child and elderly safety, said Minister Coveney.

He said that chainsaw safety would also addressed in forestry inspections while the HSA also planned to engage with marts and co-ops on a monthly basis to drive messages on critical safety issues home to farmers.

“Farmers have nothing to fear from HSA-led farm safety inspections. The benefits of working safely are immeasurable. In contrast, the cost of a serious farm accident, or worse a fatality, is a price too high for any farming family,” said Simon Coveney.

Galway IFA Chairman, Michael Flynn, said that farmers just had to put safety on top of the agenda given the number of people who had died or who had suffered serious injury over recent years.

“Farm deaths and injuries have caused untold heartbreak with farm families all across the country – the really sad thing about all of this is that many of those accidents could have been prevented.

“We now have to look forward and put in place the basic common sense steps that literally can make the difference between life and death,” said Michael Flynn.

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Five seaweed extracts have been identified as inflammation inhibitors for people with Crohn’s disease

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HUMBLE seaweed – often only thought of in the past as a natural fertiliser – could now be the key to treating millions of people across the world who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), according to a Teagasc research project.

An estimated six million people globally (40,000 in Ireland) suffer from IBD – also known as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – a painful and disruptive condition which in cases can be life threatening.

Now, as part of the latest EU Horizon 2020 Algae41BD project, Teagasc researchers are exploring the identification and development of what are known as ‘small molecules’ derived from seaweed which can provide relief from IBD.

According to the latest edition of the Teagasc TResearch magazine, the project involves research institutes with experiencing in the harvesting and aquaculture of seaweeds and microalgae, as well as gastroenterologists, food and functional food product developers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Algae, or seaweed, has according to Teagasc been consumed as a human food for thousands of years across Asia, as well as in Central and South America, but in Europe it’s use as a food, functional food, or drug is ‘only just beginning to be explored’.

Teagasc researchers point out that the health benefits of small molecules found in seaweeds and microalgae is a relatively new area of bio-discovery of biodiversity for researchers.

“Marine species of both seaweeds and microalgae have tremendous potential for use as a reservoir of health-beneficial bioactive molecules and food ingredients,” Teagasc state.

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Don’t miss deadline for 2023 fodder scheme!

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Roy O'Brien: Reminder of early 2023 fodder scheme deadline.

FARMERS and agri-advisors/consultants have been reminded ‘not to long-finger’ their applications for the 2023 Fodder Subsidy Scheme which has a deadline date in early December of this year.

Galway-Mayo IFA Regional Executive, Roy O’Brien, told the Farming Tribune, that farmers needed to keep in mind the early deadline for the 2023 scheme.

“Payments for this year’s Fodder Support Scheme are due to be paid next month but farmers need to bear in mind the earlier deadline for applications for the 2023 applications.

“We certainly welcome the roll-over of the scheme in 2023 which will be of assistance to many farmers in ensuring that they have enough fodder for the following winter,” said Roy O’Brien.

The deadline date for 2023 applications is Monday, December 5 next and is open to all farmers who had applied successfully for aid in this year’s scheme.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, confirmed the roll-over of the Fodder Support Scheme in 2023 and urged all 71,000 farmers who had applied for this year’s scheme to do so again for next year.

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