A CAMPAIGN has been launched to cut the number of fatal tractor accidents on farms involving children.
In the last ten years, 40 children have died from agricultural related injuries in the UK and hundreds more have been hurt.
Now, in a joint initiative led by the NFU, it is hoped to reduce that number to zero by 2004.
A London conference organised by the NFU was attended by 40 stakeholders, including government departments and agencies, farming associations and teacher groups for the first Child Safety on Farms Seminar, to raise awareness of the problem and develop new initiatives.
Speaking about the launch, NFU Council member Pat Stanley said: "The NFU is extremely pleased to be joined by so many enthusiastic stakeholders to tackle this problem."
"We hope a united effort will succeed in reducing to zero the number of tragedies involving children on our farms by 2004."