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£2m fund opens for flood-affected farmers

January 30, 2020 by  
Filed under News & Business

A £2m fund to support farmers who suffered uninsurable flood damage last autumn has opened for applications.

Support from the government’s Farming Recovery Fund is available for farmers in the Midlands, Gloucestershire and South Yorkshire. Grants between £500 and £25,000 aim to cover repair costs including the removal of debris, re-cultivation and replacing field gates.

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers said: “I saw first-hand the impacts of this devastating flooding myself when visiting farmers in Lincolnshire in November.” She added: “This scheme, coupled with the other measures we’ve announced, will help farmers get back on their feet.”

Farmers who have already repaired damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos, in order to help the Rural Payments Agency process eligible applications promptly.

Applications for farmers affected by autumn floods will close on 31 July 2020 – but early submissions are encouraged where possible. The application window for farmers affected by last summer’s floods in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, closes on 31 March.

A farming recovery handbook has been published on gov.uk with full details of which areas are eligible, what is covered and how to apply for funding. All farmers whose land has been flooded can access existing guidance around CAP payments.

Rural Payments Agency chief executive Paul Caldwell said: “The Farming Recovery Fund provides support to farmers following extreme flooding events, contributing to the costs of the clean-up operation and to uninsurable losses.

For full details, visit www.bit.ly/FloodFund2020

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