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The Welsh Conservatives have welcomed what they say is a 'very late u-turn' on financial aid from the Welsh Government on financial aid for farmers badly hit by last month's snow. The Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has announced that £500,000 will be channelled through farming charities.
The announcement came after the Assembly's Presiding Officer ruled that the minister should answer an emergency question on the issue from the Mongomeryshire AM, Russell George.
Wales' Natural Resources Minister has also said he is extending the temporary situation where farmers are allowed to bury dead livestock on their land in certain parts of Wales for another week.
They will now be able to do so until midnight on Tuesday 23 April.
Rules were originally relaxed for a week, from 2 April, and this is the second time it has been extended.
He has made changes to the areas - those most badly affected by heavy snow - covered by the relaxation of normal laws.
The Welsh Government is giving £500,000 to three farming charities to help farmers badly hit by the recent snow, which caused a heavy loss of livestock. The Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, said the aid will be targeted at those areas which have suffered the worst of the severe weather.
Mr Davies has been under heavy pressure from farmers' leaders to offer financial help. Last week, he ruled out what he called 'short-term subsidies' and pointed out that other businesses had also been hit by the bad weather.
Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies says he will pursue a debate in parliament over the impact of recent snow on upland sheep farmers.
Writing on his blog, Mr Davies said he will ask the Leader of the House to programme an urgent debate to make sure MPs understand the issues involved.
Although agriculture is devolved, Mr Davies says that some hill farmers in Montgomeryshire feel let down by the attitude of the Welsh Government.
Mr Davies says some of the scenes on the news over the past few weeks have been "heartbreaking" and describes the ongoing issues as "a hell of tragedy."
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has replied to farmers leaders who criticised him in an open letter. They said he was not offering the same financial help as in other parts of the UK to Welsh farmers hit by last month's snow.
He has told them that 'short term subsidies' are not the answer and that there are issues of fairness and affordability.
Mr Davies said he fully appreciated the impact of the snow on both animal and human welfare, and had every sympathy with those who have suffered losses. He will meet the the main banks to discuss what help they can provide. He also wants a further meeting with the farmers' leaders themselves.
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Farming groups have signed an open letter to the Natural Resources Minister calling for 'adequate compensation' following last month's snow