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.
I will be offering £100,000 to the Farm Community Network and £150,000 to Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to assist them with their pastoral and advice-related work, and direct support to the most hard-pressed families. Given the general shortage and increased costs of animal feed ... as a consequence of the poor weather, and in order to help address animal welfare and financial difficulties, I will also making £250,000 available to the Addington Trust to help them provide short-term support to those families in Wales who are least able to meet these costs.
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.
This package has been developed to provide a proportionate response to the developing situation, targeted at those who most need the Government’s and the charitable sector’s assistance. I have made clear that further subsidies arenot the way forward for the industry either in the short-term or the long-term.This package therefore seeks to address the human and business impact of the severe weather. For the long-term resilience of the industry it needs to move away from a dependence on public support and to become more market-facing and more market-orientated.
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