Support for Dairy Farmers affected by Covid-19
It has been announced that England’s dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
With some Dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk – having seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close – this fund will provide support to those most in need. Eligible Dairy Farmers in England will be entitled to up to £10,000 each, to cover 70% of their lost income during April and May. This is to ensure that they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare. Environment Secretary George Eustice said: ‘Eligible dairy farmers who have lost more than 25% of their income over April and May due to coronavirus disruptions will be eligible to access this funding for those qualifying months, with no cap set on the number of farmers who can receive this support or on the total funding available.’
Following the announcement by DEFRA, the Welsh Government also announced a fund to support Welsh Dairy Farmers. Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths, has confirmed eligible dairy farmers who have lost more than 25% of their income in April and subsequently May will be entitled to up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income.
Further details on the funds are due to be released therefore keep an eye on the relevant Government websites.