Industry helps to Match-Make UK Shearers and Contractors The UK sheep industry is facing a difficult shearing season, as the Covid-19 crisis makes it highly unlikely that the usual influx of highly skilled overseas shearers will be able to travel to the UK. It is vitally important, to safeguard the health and welfare of the […]
Coronavirus Guidance goes Public
The NAAC has made its Coronavirus Guidance public to try and keep the industry safe and contractors working in the current crisis.
Commenting, Jill Hewitt, Chef Executive said: “It is vital that the industry can work together and it is no longer appropriate to limit important information, as we also need farmers to read this guidance to try and keep themselves, staff and contractors safe in the current crisis”.
Agricultural contractors have a dual role in this emergency to keep everyone protected, whilst providing necessary operations to farmers in the essential provision of food for the nation. Over 90% of farmers use a contractor and many will not be able to manage without their services in coming months, for key operations such as drilling, spraying, mobile feed mixing and even sheep shearing.’
The guidance emphasises the need to work in partnership with farmers to take all necessary precautions, whilst avoiding direct contact wherever possible.
Whilst many farmers can remain ‘home-working’, contractors will need to move about, particularly following the desperately wet autumn, and it will be vital to many farmers that they can still access contractor’s specialist services and labour – particularly if farm staff need time off. It will be critical to share resources and work together to get crops in the ground and maintain high standards of animal welfare.
Notes for Editors
1. Formed in 1893, the NAAC is the representative organisation for agricultural and amenity contractors in the UK who supply all types of land-based services to farmers, government, local authorities, sports and recreational facilities.
2. For further information contact: Jill Hewitt, CEO at National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) Tel: 07889 511245, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amid reports that the Chancellor may remove rebated fuel next week in the budget, the NAAC has the following statement:
Agricultural contractors rely heavily on red diesel to supply essential farming operations to land managers and it is vital that this exemption is retained to maintain food production.
In times of huge uncertainty, alongside a wet autumn, the industry is already struggling with financial reserves and the removal of the lower fuel duty would be a devastating blow that could push many contracting businesses to fail. By almost doubling fuels costs this would potentially add hundreds of thousands of pounds of input costs each year which is currently unsustainable.
There is no commercial, alternative ‘green’ fuel to replace diesel in agricultural machinery, removing any choice for the industry to switch fuels.
Contractors are effectively farmers without land and they are now an integral and essential part of the vast majority of farm businesses.