Updated: April 17, 2020
It has been confirmed that the Government’s tightened its COVID-19 restrictions brought into effect on March 20 will, as of April 16, remain in place for a further three weeks until May 7.
At McCreath, Simpson & Prentice (MSP), we wanted to share an update with you on how the Government restrictions are impacting the services we are offering our farming customers.
As a business that is classified as ‘essential’ by the Government, all our departments and services are in operation and we have continued to support our farming customers the best we can in the growing of their crops for the upcoming season.
However, all our staff members are adhering to guidelines imposed by the company, which continue to be updated regularly and have consistently aligned with advice issued by the Government.
Regarding the agronomy services that we offer, our industry colleagues at BASIS have, in close collaboration with the AIC and Association of Independent Crop Consultants, written to Defra secretary George Eustice to highlight the essential role that agronomists on its Professional Register play in crop inspections as part of the UK’s safe and efficient food production – especially at the start of the spring growing season.
As has been the case for the past three to four weeks, our agronomists are continuing to carry out crop inspections – but only where they are required. However, they are doing these alone, taking photographs and videos of the crops before reporting back to the farming customer in question via a phone call afterwards.
Meanwhile, back on-site, our Seed & Fertiliser plants are continuing to operate at 100% production levels and, alongside our Agrochemical store, we have good stock levels of all our products.
Our MSP Grass Seed Brochure 2020 can be found HERE.
We would like to ask though that you allow slightly longer for the delivery of these products to arrive at your premises as we’re experiencing an increased demand on our logistics operations due to self-collections from customers being actively discouraged.
Other than that, our usual office-based team are all currently working from home – but all continue to be fully contactable, with their landline number being redirected through to their company mobile phone.