Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., has welcomed the lifting of social distancing rules at livestock marts, following on from the Taoiseach’s statement on Friday 21st January. While face-masks must continue to be worn at marts for now, all other restrictions relating to Covid-19 and the marts have been lifted.

Minister McConalogue paid tribute to the efforts of mart staff and farmers in keeping marts operational throughout the pandemic.

This is a great day for our network of marts across the country. Buyers can now return to the ring without the previous limits on numbers, while online sales can continue as part of a blended approach. Mart managers, their staff as well as buyers and sellers of livestock have shown tremendous resilience, agility and resourcefulness during the pandemic in dealing with the challenges of Covid19 while continuing to trade online and at the ring

said Minister McConalogue.

I’m convinced the efforts of farmers and marts, adhering to the Covid19 measures, has undoubtedly played a role in minimising and reducing the threat of Covid19 in our communities while protecting Ireland’s food security

Minister Rabbitte said:

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.  Agriculture is the greatest and fundamentally the most important of our industries. The cities are but the branches of the tree of national life, the roots of which run deeply into the land and I pay tribute to farmers for adhering to the Covid 19 measures and protecting Ireland’s food security.

 

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