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COVID-19 guide offers common sense tips to protect grain farms

Neil Lyon, April 1, 2020

GRAINGROWERS has produced a COVID-19 guide for growers that highlights the practical steps they can take to help limit the spread of the virus and maintain the nation’s food security.

“Just because we are in remote areas, we still have to protect ourselves and our staff and make sure we are healthy and fully functional for what we hope will be a busy sowing season,” GrainGrowers chairman, Brett Hosking, said.

“The Federal Government has given us the message that agriculture is an essential industry, which means we have a real privilege to keep going and producing food through this pandemic. What it also means is we have a responsibility to make sure we are not a source of infection for others, and likewise that we are not allowing the infection onto our farms.

“A lot of it is common sense, but it is still really handy to share (the guide) around family and staff members so the common sense aspect isn’t missed or you spot that one tip that might mean your farm is protected.”

The guide covers a range of topics including the symptoms to look for, who to contact for information and advice, steps to take to maintain hygiene and minimise exposure, what to do if the virus is confirmed on your farm.

There is also an interactive national cropping map that highlights the border controls in place between states.

The guide and posters can be downloaded from the GrainGrowers COVID-19 webpage or GrainGrowers can supply hard copies if requested.

 

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