Taking into account the evolution of the coronavirus COVID-19, the Government has introduced precautionary measures and derogations that also affect agricultural activity.
However, the government is ensuring that general activity will not be discontinued in order to maintain the supply chain. This implies that farmers as well as professionals in the agricultural sector can continue their activity in full, provided that they do not welcome the public and that they respect protective measures.
As a result of the restriction of movement for the public as well as the consequent limitation of economic activities, the exercise of the following activities concerning the agricultural sector remains permitted:
- Purchase of agricultural, viticultural, horticultural and forestry products
- Going to the place of work for the exercise of the professional activity
- Going to commercial entities and service providers
- Troubleshooting, dispatching, depollution (including removal of animal carcasses) and maintenance activities necessary for safety reasons
The maintenance of the essential activity of the food sector thus remains assured. These derogations, put in place by the Government, guarantee the continuity of the quality food production chain in Luxembourg, from the supply of agricultural inputs to the supply of processing structures, including the deliveries of animal food or the transport of animals.
The Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development wishes to highlight that farmers and all professionals in the sector are an essential and indispensable pillar in supplying the food chain, which is vital for the entire population.
Romain Schneider will also take part next week in the extraordinary videoconference of the members of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to take stock of the effects of the epidemic on European agriculture and to implement the necessary measures to get through this difficult period.
Press release by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development