Farming and Horticulture are considered essential services as “Producers of food and beverage”. Also the services associated with the primary sector, including food processing, diagnostics and farm supplies, are all essential services. Freight and trucking are included as essential services, where they support essential services.
We are continuing to clarify what else is, or isn’t, an essential service. But remember, the idea is to keep your distance from others. The list will change, so keep an eye on the website above. Basically, if it is not essential, don’t do it.
While your business may be part of an essential service you need to restrict your activities to essential activities – particularly avoiding travelling and mixing with others.
The golden rule is two metres of separation from others.
Dairy companies are also continuing to pick up milk so keep safe distances if you are at the cowshed at pickup time.
We are assured processing plants are well placed to manage the spread of infections and have plans in place to minimize the risk to their operations. Federated Farmers and the meat companies are fully aware that the widespread drought conditions have aggravated this situation further.
The Prime Minister publicly stated maximizing the flow of imports and exports is a priority, so the best thing Feds’ members can do right now is keep farming, keep to yourself and keep your family healthy.
We will provide more information as it comes to hand.