Farm machinery tracker funding available

Newry Times News Posted by
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Local Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson Councillor Terry Hearty has encouraged farmers to apply for funding available to fit security devices to farm machinery.

Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty

This money is being made available by the Departments of Agriculture and Justice and is designed to enable famers in farm theft hotspots across the North to fit Tracker and Cesar security devices which police can use to locate and recover stolen machinery or equipment.

The initiative is also supported by leading farm insurer NFU Mutual and the PSNI.

Councillor Hearty said, “Thefts of farm machinery have been on the rise in this area. Farm machinery is often very costly and it can be a devastating financial blow to a farmer to lose a piece of machinery in this way.

“It is also very distressing for farmers who are operating within very narrow profit margins to face a setback like this. Farmers who are interested in availing of this scheme to fit Tracker and Cesar security devices can contact 028 9081 8688 for information on how to apply. I encourage farmers to phone this number and make use of this very practical funding.

“When farmers do make this call they should have their insurance policy handy as some of their insurance information is necessary to make the application.

Hearty added, “Any way in which we can reduce agri-crime must be welcomed and in addition to taking these security measures I would urge farmers to be vigilant to any suspicious activity and to make their farms, properties and machinery as safe and secure as possible to deter criminals from targeting them.”

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