£500,000 snow help for farmers

The Welsh Government says it is giving £500,000 to charities to help farmers hit by the recent snow, which caused heavy livestock losses. Welsh farmers' leaders had written to the Natural Resources Minister demanding financial help.

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£1/2 million to help snow-hit Welsh farmers

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.

– Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies AM

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.

– Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies AM

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