Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (681)

Matt Carthy

Question:

681. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce measures to support agricultural and veterinary students to secure placements on farms during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2311/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has no direct role in placing students on farms. Teagasc has over 1,000 active host farms that provide in-situ practical learning periods (placement) for Teagasc learners. I am advised that Teagasc is intending to maintain its student farm placements in line with planned schedules. Teagasc will issue both hosts and students with best practice guidance in relation to COVID.