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COVID-19: Information and Advice for Horticultural Producers

In order to assist growers and producers to act to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 and the associated national mitigation measures on their business we have divided the information into two main areas.

Latest updates

 1st April 2020

 

DAFM have issued guidance FAQs for the Agriculture sector https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/customerservice/coronaviruscovid-19/

Question 20 in the FAQ is a very good clarification for Horticulture producers and growers; 

“Is Horticulture included as an essential business?  Yes. Horticultural production, including nurseries are deemed to be included within the Agriculture Essential Business List. Activities may include cultivation and supply of fruit and vegetables and the ongoing seasonal planting, harvest and maintenance of horticulture plants.”

 Trading OnLine Scheme

Online plant sales are growing fast at the moment due to garden centre retail closures.  Another scheme that may be worth looking at under LEO is the Trading Online Scheme given the surge in interest in this area and Horticulture businesses can apply. Some growers might take opportunity to set up on line trading. There is a €2500 grant towards areas like web site, advertising and marketing.  Full details of the Trading Online Scheme is available here https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Trading-Online-Voucher-Scheme-/

 Business continuity Voucher

Ptrovided by www.localenterprise.ie this voucher is open to horticultural businesses.  Businesses can be assigned a mentor in one or a number of areas where they may benefit from expertise – financial, IT, HR etc. i.e. voucher  can be split depending on needs. For more information and application see https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/response/Business-Continuity-Voucher/Business-Continuity-Voucher.html

 30th March 2020

 

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers

On Monday 30th March, the Commission issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace. This includes but is not limited to those working in the health care and food sectors. See https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&furtherNews=yes&newsId=9630

Publications

COVID-19: Information for Horticultural Producers

COVID 19: Relevant Financial Supports for Horticultural Producers and their Employees