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Update - Funding for Welsh dairy farmers

Further to our update on Thursday, the Rural Affairs Minister for Wales, Lesley Griffiths, announced funding on Saturday, for Welsh dairy farmers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To support the sector during these challenging times, the minister 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. This will help ensure they can continue to operate without impacting animal welfare and the environment.

Further details on the scheme will be announced shortly. 

Announcing the funding, the minister said: 
The closure of the foodservice sector has had an immediate and significant impact on our dairy sector and market prices.

The measures introduced so far will help provide some stability for the dairy sector, but I recognise there is a need to support those farms hardest hit by a situation which is primarily outside of their control.

I am therefore pleased to confirm dairy farmers in Wales will be eligible for support helping them adapt to the exceptional market conditions and ensuring they can continue to operate without impacting animal welfare and the environment. Further details of the scheme will be announced shortly but I wanted to commit today to support this core group of dairy farmers with a payment to offset some of financial impacts they have experienced.

We will continue to work closely with the sector to help them address the issues they face at this difficult time. By working together we can ensure an optimistic future for the dairy sector and its supply chain in Wales.

Commentary
A welcome announcement and show of support for dairy farmers in Wales that have been substantially impacted by a reduction in milk price, as a result of Covid-19 in the last 6 weeks. We await further details on how to apply and when payment will be available.

11 May 2020 | Written by Roy Jackson, Agriculture Partner 

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