As the voice of South Australian growers, Grain Producers SA (GPSA) is taking a lead role to ensure that decision makers in state and federal governments understand the needs of the grain industry at this critical time following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
As part of the State Government’s emergency response to prevent the spread of the virus, Primary Industries and Regions SA has established a dedicated information portal on how the virus affects primary industries.
At a state level, GPSA is providing input into the specific exemptions from the closure of SA’s borders, as well as working to ensure that Health SA mandated quarantine or workplace restrictions recognise the unique nature of farms as a place of business.
Special exemption provisions have been secured for the agricultural supply chains to minimise disruption to the passage of freight and key services to support grain production across the state.
Special consideration has also been given to primary producers who have been ordered to self-isolate. If self-isolating you must remain within the boundaries of your property and not have direct contact with other people. Essential travel within and between land parcels is acceptable, provided you do not have any contact with staff/contractors and visitors (e.g. stay in your vehicle with windows closed to allow contractors or deliveries to enter the property via a gate.) If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you must not travel outside the boundaries of your main property except to seek testing for COVID-19 or for urgent medical care.
GPSA would like to hear from you directly to anticipate and respond to the needs of growers at this time. Growers can contact GPSA Regional Field Officer Shane Gale on 0439 409 751 or by email to raise specific concerns about matters impacting your business.
For more information: Grain Producers SA