Cash on offer for Welsh farmers suffering drought hardship

Farmers in Wales who are still suffering hardship as a result of the drought in 2018 are being urged to apply to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) for a one-off grant of £3,000.

The charity has received £240,000 from the Welsh government to help farmers whose ability to meet living costs has suffered after the prolonged dry period caused costs to soar, with many having to buy in additional feed and forage to keep animals alive.

To qualify, farmers must have at least 50% of their land in Wales. Rabi will assess and distribute the money, taking into account levels of personal hardship and savings.

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Rabi chairman Malcolm Thomas said: “Last summer’s hot weather may seem like a distant memory, but many farmers are still playing catch-up from drought-related issues.

“We’re grateful to the Welsh government for making this money available and we are determined to make sure it goes to where it is most needed.”

To apply for a grant application form, farmers should call the dedicated helpline on 0808 168 7297 between 10am and 4pm.

Completed forms must be received by 5pm on 30 April 2019. Successful applicants will be contacted in May and paid by 30 May.