The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) hosted the kick-off meeting of the AgriSafetyNet project.
The Erasmus+ funded project has a consortium of seven partners: the SUA Slovak University of Agriculture (Slovakia), CPIP Comunitatea Pentru Invatarea Permanenta (Romania), the Polish Farm Advisory and Training Centre (Poland), Hof und Leben GmbH (Germany), Edu Consulting (Czech Republic), DEFOIN Training for Development and Integration (Spain) and CEJA the European Council of Young Farmers (Belgium).
The AgriSafetyNet project addresses the issue of health and safety at work in the agricultural sector. Agriculture ranks among the most dangerous sectors with accident rates generally higher than in other professions. In 2014, there were approximately 3.2 million non-fatal accidents and 65,000 fatal accidents of which 14.3 % were related to agriculture, forestry and fishing activities.
AgriSafetyNet aims to train farmers and agricultural authorities on health and safety education through work-based learning.
The kick-off meeting welcomed a season of fruitful cooperation to decrease occupational hazards in the European agricultural sector. More information will be available on the project website which is soon to be launched.
CEJA represents the political interests of around two million young farmers from across Europe. Its main objectives are to facilitate the installation of young farmers, to inform and to train them as well as act as a forum for communication and dialogue between them.
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