Agricultural drone sprayers could be used to remotely disinfect parks, hospital grounds, transport hubs and schools during the coronavirus pandemic – but only if emergency authorisations are rapidly issued, said researchers.
The closure of chip shops and McDonald’s takeaways has left a glut of potatoes without a market as farmers grapple with “a huge amount of market disruption and uncertainty” amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Norwich Livestock Market has been closed due to concerns over coronavirus – but an online sales register is being developed to allow farmers to continue trading animals urgently needed within the UK food chain.
A Norfolk farmer is delivering sacks of potatoes to his most vulnerable or isolated neighbours in his spare time – part of an “incredible” community effort to keep food flowing into people’s homes during the coronavirus lockdown.
Farming leaders have called on institutional landlords – including estates owned by the Queen and the church – to show “flexibility and understanding” regarding their tenants’ rent during the coronavirus crisis.
East Anglia’s farmers are pushing on with the essential job of producing the nation’s food during the coronavirus lockdown – and they have reassured worried shoppers there will be “plenty to go round” throughout the crisis.