DEFRA announce new funding to support dairy farmers through coronavirus

Eligible dairy farmers able to access up to £10,000 of funding each

The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close. Those who have lost more than 25% of their income over April and May will be eligible to access this funding for those qualifying months, and are entitled to up to £10,000 each to cover 70% of their lost income.

This will help dairy farmers to continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare. No cap has been set on the number of farmers who can receive this support or on the total funding available.

Today’s announcement is the latest action from the government to support dairy farmers, building on the support already announced by the Chancellor and our recent action to temporarily relax some elements of UK competition law to allow suppliers, retailers and logistics providers in the dairy industry to work more closely together on some of the challenges they are facing.

More details about how to apply for the fund will be released in due course.

Promoting dairy

The government has also backed a £1 million campaign to boost milk consumption and help producers use their surplus stock.

The marketing campaign has been launched by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).