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Agri Aware kicks off its in-person farm safety workshops in primary schools

April 16, 2024

Michael Geary

Agri Aware is gearing up for a busy period in its programmes calendar, as the agri-food educational body gets to set to visit schools as part of its new farm safety initiative.

The initiative called Safe Farm Futures, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is set to see Agri Aware’s Farm Safety Officer visit primary schools across the country and educate the next generation on all things farm safety.

In-person workshops will be held in primary schools across the country over an eight-week period for schools that signed up their students to the programme which is nearly at 25,000 with the first of these workshops having took place on Friday, April 12 in Co. Meath.

Agri Aware’s new Farm Safety Officer Ashley Traynor will be delivering the workshops nationwide.

The workshops aim to educate students on various aspects of farm safety through engaging and interactive activities by creating awareness of potential dangers and promoting responsible behaviour when on and working on farms.

Speaking on the farm safety initiative roadshow, Agri Aware Chairman Shay Galvin said: “Year in, year out we sadly hear of fatalities on farms and what’s also a concern is the near misses we don’t hear about on farms.

“Educating the next generation on the importance of being safe on farms is hugely important especially at a young age to ensure good habits, rather than bad habits are acted upon.

“Ensuring children understand and can see dangers on a farm from a young age, and educating them on how to be safe be it around livestock or machinery is what Safe Farm Futures is all about.

“We hope both teachers and students enjoy these interactive in-person workshops and take home some valuable learnings that will ensure a safe working environment for all.”