Monetary support is now being made available for farmers who have been affected by the severe flooding that affected parts of the UK. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is offering financial grants through their Farming Recovery Scheme and NatWest bank has mobilised its agricultural team to offer short-term and long-term individual financial solutions to any customers who have been impacted.
Defra is extending their Farming Recovery Fund to support farmers affected by the floods in Yorkshire and the Midlands and through the scheme, farmers who have suffered uninsurable damage to their property will be able to apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover repair costs – whether that’s clearing debris or recovering damaged land.
Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers: “My thoughts go out to all those affected by the devastating flooding across Yorkshire and the Midlands. We are providing more funding to support farmers impacted and help local communities get back on their feet. Earlier this week I visited Environment Agency teams on the ground in South Yorkshire as they work around the clock to reduce flooding risks and keep people safe.”
Since the flooding began last Thursday, approximately 14,400 properties have been protected by flood defences, including nearly 5,000 properties in South Yorkshire alone. Over 300 Environment Agency staff are now on the ground in South Yorkshire supporting local communities affected.
With farmers struggling to access saturated ground, many are choosing to accept that their crops are unsalvageable. According to an article on thescottishfarmer.co.uk, this could have a short-term impact on the bottom line of their business with nothing to sell.