Veon welcomes arrival of new Harvesting Simulator

November 15, 2016

Veon welcomes arrival of new Harvesting Simulator

Sam Stewart, Ballyhaise Forestry student, showing the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle how to operate the new forest harvester and forwarder simulator at the launch in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College on November 9th. Marianne Lyons, Teagasc and Trevor McHugh, IFFPA representing the Forest Harvesting Training Forum are looking on. (Photo courtesy of Teagasc) 9th Nov 2016

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA) played an important role in facilitating the purchase of a John Deere simulator by Teagasc which was made possible through financial support from the Forest Service and in cooperation with industry representatives from the Forest Harvesting Training Forum represented at the event by Mr. Trevor McHugh, Managing Director Commercial of Veon Ltd

As Ireland’s leading forestry investment and management company, Veon is committed to providing continuous innovation in the Irish Forest industry and supports many initiatives to help deliver a world class industry standard.

The Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, attended Teagasc Ballyhaise College to launch the new forestry harvesting simulator and the development of a Forest Machine Operator Training Programme.

Ballyhaise College currently deliver comprehensive training in forest safety, sustainable forestry, environment, silviculture and forest calculations as standard.  Recruitment and training are necessary to maintain standards and to maximise the timber resource potential.  This strategic approach to up skilling existing operators and introducing new operators is essential for maintaining a sustainable forest industry and rural economy.

The simulator provides an important new dimension to the training of operatives of modern forest harvesting machinery in Ireland and can enhance a trainee’s skills significantly through virtual learning. The simulator will save considerable time and money as the cost of training on real machinery can be prohibitive for new entrants.

“As the private sector is forecast to contribute over 50% of the total timber supply in Ireland within the next ten years it is crucial to have a continuous supply of highly skilled operators available to meet the needs of industry and IFFPA is delighted to be involved in helping to deliver this project” said Trevor McHugh, Veon Ltd.