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Eustice urges flood-hit farmers to apply for recovery funding

More than 100 applications have been submitted so far for £1m of support under the Farming Recovery Fund to support victims of the winter flooding. Farming Minister George Eustice is urging more farmers to apply.

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Hundreds of farms were hit by flooding in December
Hundreds of farms were hit by flooding in December

Farming Minister George Eustice has urged farmers hit by flooding in December to apply for funding available to aid recovery of their land.

 

All farmers in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham or Northumberland who suffered losses as a result of flooding caused by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva are eligible to apply for Farming Recovery Fund grants of up to £20,000.

 

Farmers suffering from uninsurable losses can apply via the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for money to help restore farmland, rebuild tracks and repair drains and reinstate boundaries.

 

Funding was announced in December. The deadline for applications is April 1 but Mr Eustice is urging farmers to get their applications in as soon as possible in order to access vital funds sooner.

 

So far 107 applications worth over £1.1million have been submitted to the RPA.

 

Mr Eustice said: “These payments are part of a wider £200million package of government support set up to help communities affected by the devastating floods in Northern England.

 

The grants could make a real difference to farm businesses trying to get back on their feet.

 

"The agency has been acting swiftly and doing a great job approving applications within 10 working days.”

 

"But I want every eligible flood-affected farmer to be able to access this vital money as soon as possible to help them get back to normal."

How to apply

Farmers can apply for funding here

 

Guidance for farmers who have lost livestock as a result of the floods can be found here.

 

Those wanting support to apply should call the Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

 

Once all checks are completed, the RPA can approve an application and farmers can claim.

 

Payments against valid claims will be paid directly into bank accounts within five working days.

 

The fund covers a range of restoration and repair works including:

  • the restoration of productive stock proof grassland
  • the restoration of productive arable and horticultural land
  • the restoration of field access or track ways, fencing or gates or water troughs
  • the restoration of drainage on flood-damaged holdings
  • damage to agricultural machinery that cannot be insured
  • damage to agricultural buildings that cannot be insured
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