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Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Farm Safety Day

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In photo from left to right: Liam Walsh, Assistant Principal Officer, DAFM; Louise Gilligan, Enterprise Risk Manager, SCA; Anne Derwin, Assistant Secretary General, DAFM; Helen Gahan, Higher Executive Officer, DAFM

In photo from left to right: Liam Walsh, Assistant Principal Officer, DAFM; Louise Gilligan, Enterprise Risk Manager, SCA; Anne Derwin, Assistant Secretary General, DAFM; Helen Gahan, Higher Executive Officer, DAFM

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) recently held a farm safety event at its veterinary research farm in Longtown, Co. Kildare. The DAFM carry out trials for crop varieties in the principal production areas of the country to assess varieties for characteristics of economic benefit to farmers. These trials are carried out on Department lands across the country and on a number of farms specially selected with the cooperation of Teagasc (the State Agricultural Advisory Service). Typically farming activities are carried out by approximately 50 DAFM staff employed across the country. The DAFM Health and Safety Section organised this event with the aim of educating and increasing awareness on health and safety to DAFM staff on a range of relevant topics whilst also providing the opportunity to meet and network with other colleagues. SCA Deputy Director Pat Kirwan presented at the event on incident reporting and the importance of same.