The Prince is Patron of the charity and called together a meeting in Wales yesterday (24 June) to discuss the problems faced by farmers caught up in the DFB turmoil.
FCN chief executive, Sarah Brown was at the meeting. “It was very much a first step in what is going to be quite a long haul for some farmers,” she said. “We need to be looking at longer-term solutions, while helping farmers through the immediate challenges they face.
“It is a great boost to us at FCN, and to dairy farmers in general, to know that the Prince of Wales cares about and understands the issues facing this fragile sector.”
She said the FCN had received about 15 calls to its national helpline from farmers affected by DFB’s collapse in the past fortnight, but was worried numbers would increase. “Latest figures suggest around 150 farmers are still without suppliers and I think as the financial bite takes hold, we’ll see a steady increase – particularly if they’re only getting 10p/litre.”
The FCN will continue to work with ARC–Addington Fund and RABI to ease the immediate and future problems being experienced by dairy farmers. It runs a national confidential helpline from 7am to 11pm every day and has a team of 250 volunteers throughout the UK. Go to www.fcn.org.uk or call 01788 510866.