Farmers Urged To Apply For Farming Recovery Fund In Wake Of Flooding Crisis

11th December 2015

The recent flooding in Cumbria and North Lancashire has had devastating effects on the rural and farming industry across the region. Farmers and rural businesses are set to lose £20 million with the flooding damage already looking to be a lot worse than the 2005 and 2009 flooding disasters.

To help rural economy recovery, the Government has announced that Flood-hit farmers will be able to claim up to £20,000 so that they can restore damaged agricultural land.

The Farming Recovery Fund will pay out on all eligible applications and DEFRA hopes it will offer some relief at this challenging time.

David Hume, rural business consultant at land and property consultancy George F White, said “The fund is available to farmers in Cumbria and North Lancashire and is in place to help cover farmers’ short-term uninsured recovery costs, such as repairing damaged soils, tracks and flood channels”.

Hume continued: “We understand that any farming business affected by floods of this catastrophic nature will be struggling and unable to operate as normal. George F White is currently working with a number of clients within the affected region, helping them to prepare application forms for the Farming Recovery Fund, free of charge.”

The Farming Recovery Fund will provide assistance with four key areas including:

  • Restoring productive grassland;
  • Recovering productive arable and horticultural land;
  • Restoring farm vehicle access; and
  • Repairing agricultural drainage.

In addition, the Rural Payments Agency has said it will not carry out inspections in the flooded areas.

Farmers who want to apply for the Farming Recovery Fund should call the Rural Services helpline on 03000 200 301.

For advice, assistance or any questions about the Farming Recovery Fund application form, farmers and rural business owners can contact David Hume on 01665 603231 or davidhume@georgefwhite.co.uk

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