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Save Agricultural workers in Spain.
Spanish farmers are concerned about the coronavirus crisis, as the Iberian country is the second most affected EU member by the epidemics. Not only are they concerned by health issues, but they fear a huge impact on their already weakened economies. EURACTIV’s partner EFE Agro reports.Spain is in a state of emergency something that has a direct impact on farms and on the daily lives of thousands of farmers and workers directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture.On top of the current crisis, the Spanish agrifood sector is already weak after having to contend with low prices, a lack of profitability, and a rapidly ageing population of farmers, among other problems.Basic measures such as wearing gloves or masks under specific circumstances, or staying at home to prevent contagion are relatively easy to implement, but other measures are much more complicated for the agricultural sector.The Decree clearly mentions the need to travel with a separation of at least 2 metres between people, but this is, in many cases, very difficult to achieve, in particular in the farming comunity. For the time being, Blanque stresses, they try to keep a minimum separation distance of 1.5 metres inside the vehicles, as recommended by Health authorities.
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