Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said any drop in farm incomes as a result of Brexit could increase risks for farmers.
Speaking during Farm Safety Week, Martina Anderson said:
“Safety is a major issue on farms across Ireland and this week in particular during farm safety week we remember all those who have tragically lost their lives while farming.
“There is no doubt that farming can be a dangerous task and I would encourage all those involved in farming to follow the correct safety procedures in order to keep safe on the farm.
“With many farmers under financial pressure and worried about the future as a result of Brexit there are concerns that a drop in farm incomes could lead to increased safety risks for farmers.
“With the prospect of less money coming in some may be tempted to cut corners when it comes to safety. We must ensure that does not happen.
“Farm incomes and farmers can be protected through securing designated special status for the north within the EU.”