Funding to Ease COVID-19 Pressures on Wales' Dairy Farmers

Monday, 11 May, 2020

The Welsh Government's Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced funding for dairy farmers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The dairy sector has felt the immediate impact of the global pandemic with the closure of the food service and hospitality sectors.

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.

Announcing the funding, Lesley Griffiths said:

'The closure of the food service sector has had an immediate and significant impact on our dairy sector and market prices.

'I am therefore pleased to confirm dairy farmers in Wales will be eligible for support, helping them adapt to the exceptional market conditions.

'We will continue to work closely with the sector to help them address the issues they face at this difficult time.'

Further details on the scheme will be announced shortly.

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