Primary industry has been deemed an essential service during the Covid-19 lockdown. The farm supplies co-operative has been identified as an essential service and will remain open, although customers have to call or email orders first, and a contactless collection process will then be arranged. They had to ‘absolutely and utterly’’ minimise all contact with people, including contractors coming on-farm, if they were classified as an essential service. They tended to have good coping strategies and they would have some support services around them, like the Rural Support Trusts which would continue to function. ‘‘Making products and goods that can be sold either internally or externally is going to be what keeps this business going.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 15:22 UTC