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Farmers asked to make a big effort on safety in 2014

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A SPECIAL plea has been made this week for farmers to make 2014 the safest ever year recorded on Irish farms, following the confirmation the deaths of 16 people last year in agri-related accidents.

In four of those farm deaths, children lost their lives, prompting the CEO of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to ask farmers for a special effort this year to prevent on-farm deaths.

HSA CEO, Martin O’Halloran, said that while some jobs like farming could be more hazardous than others, it could never be accepted that these deaths were inevitable and couldn’t be prevented.

“I am particularly concerned that 4 children lost their lives due to work-related accidents on Irish farms last year. We are working to foster a culture of safety in the sector but high accident rates show that the pace of change is too slow. I am calling on farmers to make 2014 the safest year on farms ever recorded,” said Mr. O’Halloran.

Two of the 16 farm deaths in 2013 occurred in Galway and Mayo. The Galway death was last Spring when a 61-year-old farmer got trapped between a tractor and an attachment.

In the Mayo fatality, a 45-year-old farmer died after getting entangled in a feeder last November.

There were two other work fatalities in Galway, one of them in the transport sector where the victim was a 45-year-old Lithuanian garage worker who fell from a trailer last March.

The third Galway work fatality was a 65-year-old man who was crushed by a teleporter last October.

Most of the farm accidents were machinery related and included entrapment or falls from tractors and trailers. Other causes of death were: livestock, electrocution, silage gases and a fall.

According to the figures released this week by the HSA, there were 46 people killed in work-related accidents during 2013, compared to 48 in 2012.

There were reductions in fatalities in the Agriculture sector, from 21 in 2012 down to 16 in 2013; the Fishing sector, from 7 in 2012 to 4 in 2013; and the Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities sector with 4 fatalities in 2012 and 1 reported last year.

The Construction sector recorded the second highest number of fatalities with 11 killed, making it the third year in a row that fatalities increased in the sector. The main causes were the movement of vehicles on site and falls from heights.

The county with the highest number of fatalities during 2013 was Cork with 12 occurring; 6 in Agriculture, 4 in Construction, 1 in Education and 1 in Fishing. Counties Dublin and Waterford recorded the second highest number of fatalities with 4 in each.

“The overall trend in fatalities has been decreasing for the last 10 years. However the fact is that each year people lose their lives because of a work-related accident. This is a tragedy for the victims, their families, friends and the wider community. 

“Generally our investigations show that these tragedies could have been prevented. The likelihood of an accident occurring can be greatly reduced by ensuring that safety is at the core of all work activity   anything less is an invitation to disaster,” said Martin O’Halloran.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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