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Thursday, May 7, 2020

MP calls for Welsh Government support for dairy farmers

Following the announcement of a new UK Government scheme to support dairy farmers in England, Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes (pictured) is calling on the Welsh Labour Government to step up and do the same.

The new UK Government fund will enable eligible dairy farmers in England to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new UK Government 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.

Simon Baynes said: “This is great news for dairy farmers in England who have been so badly hit by the Coronavirus outbreak. It’s time now for the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff to step up to the plate and do the same for Welsh dairy farmers, like those in my constituency of Clwyd South, who need financial assistance too.

“Welsh farmers are the backbone of our rural economy and deserve to be supported through this crisis.”

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