Over the last few weeks I’ve made daily representations to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to secure further support for our dairy farmers to help them through this crisis.
We should be proud of the role of Rutland and Melton’s dairy farmers in feeding the nation, and it is crucial that we stand by them at this time when they have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.
One of my main asks was a hardship fund for those most in need, and today a hardship fund has been announced! 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 of up to £10,00 each for those qualifying months.
No cap has been set on the number of farmers who can receive this support or on the total funding available.
More details on how to apply will be available shortly and I will, of course, share them on this platform and on my social media.