Dairy Response Fund to open for applications on 18 June

A new dairy response fund to help farmers sustain their business will open for applications on 18 June, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis today confirmed.

The new fund will provide up to £10,000 each to help those dairy farmers most in need of support to sustain their business.

From 18 June farmers in England who have experienced 25% price losses in April and May will be able to apply for a single payment from the fund.

Qualifying farmers can apply for support to cover up to 70% of their losses due to coronavirus disruption across April and May, up to a total amount of £10,000 each.

This funding will be paid out from 6 July, and will help farmers maintain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare following reduced demand for milk products as restaurants, bars and cafes have closed.

Further details of the fund and application process will be shared by the RPA in the coming weeks, but dairy farmers who think they will be eligible can get ready now by preparing details of their production levels for February, April and May 2020.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said: “Our dairy farmers have a vital role to play in feeding the nation and we want to ensure they are fully supported at this difficult time.

“The application process for our new dairy fund will begin shortly, helping farmers who have suffered losses to get the financial assistance they need to keep production going.

“There is no cap set on the number of farmers who can receive this support or on the total funding available, and we will do everything we can to help our farmers at this time.”

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