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Cumbria's farmers are being urged to apply for grants to help them cover losses caused by December's floods.
The grants are part of a two hundred million pound package set aside for communities affected by recent storms:
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A mild winter and an abundance of rain is responsible for the early blooming of the flowers, 700 feet above sea level.
Farmers have been urged to apply for Farming Recovery Grants as soon as possible, as the April 1st deadline looms.
Farmers in Cumbria who have suffered losses as a result of flooding caused by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva are eligible to apply for support grants of up to £20,000.
Farming Minister George Eustice said:
These payments are part of a wider £200million package of government support set up to help communities affected by the devastating floods in Northern England. The grants could make a real difference to farm businesses trying to get back on their feet. So far 107 applications worth over £1.1million have been submitted to the RPA and the agency has been acting swiftly and doing a great job approving applications within 10 working days. But I want every eligible flood-affected farmer to be able to access this vital money as soon as possible to help them get back to normal.
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