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DEFRA has announced a new hardship fund for English dairy farmers to assist with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Each farmer should be able to access up to £10,000 funding to cover 70% of lost income during April and May.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said:
“Our dairy industry plays a crucial role in feeding our nation and we are doing all we can to ensure they are properly supported during this time.””We’ve already relaxed competition laws so dairy farmers can work together through the toughest months, but recognise there is more to be done. That is why today we have kick started a new campaign to boost milk consumption and have announced a further package of funding.”
“We will continue to stand alongside our dairy farmers through this difficult period.”