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Farmers Should be Able to Work Outside Curfew Hours

The Mayor of Porto Moniz, Emanuel Câmara, has issued a plea to the Regional Government following a  meeting with the Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos, and other regional Mayors.

In his letter, he said: “I would therefore like to ask you to forward to the President of the Regional Government and to the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development a question that has been asked by our farmers.  The question is the possibility of creating an exception for agricultural activity as far as mandatory curfews are concerned. Since agricultural activity is carried out in fresh air with farmers often working alone, they are concerned that they are losing more than an hour of work per day, this is an important issue, not only for those who dedicate themselves to full-time agriculture, but also for those who work after work on family plots of land as a way of supplementing their income.  It is therefore imperative given the extension of the curfew, that these people are recognised and that they become exempt from mandatory curfew hours.”

Samantha Gannon

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