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Support for Dairy Farmers affected by Covid-19

England’s dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The new funding will help support dairy farmers – who together continue to produce over 40 million litres of milk every day – who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.
Yesterday’s announcement is the latest action from the government to support dairy farmers, building on the unprecedented levels of support already announced by the Chancellor and recent action to temporarily relax some elements of UK competition law to allow suppliers, retailers and logistics providers in the dairy industry to work more closely together on some of the challenges they are facing.
With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new fund will provide support for those most in need. Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each, to cover 70% of their lost income during April and May to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare.

Commentary:

The new hardship fund announced today can be accessed by eligible dairy farmers in England and more detail on the fund will be issued in due course.
For Farmers in Wales, NFU Cymru is pressing hard for a similar scheme, so watch this space.

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.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Dairy Marketing Campaign

It comes as the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) launched a new marketing campaign to increase consumption of milk in UK households, funded jointly by the AHDB, Defra, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland Executive and Dairy UK.

The £1 million promotional campaign will be commenced to help increase sales of dairy products by encouraging the public to drink more milk. It is aimed at supporting dairy farmers and processors in driving demand for milk within households across the UK. 

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