Retailers farm fund offers recovery aid

7 December 2001

Retailers farm fund offers recovery aid

FARMERS are invited to apply for financial support from a new £1.45m fund set up by seven leading retailers in the aftermath of the foot-and-mouth outbreak.

The Farmers Fund offers one-off financial assistance to farmers creating recovery plans aimed at establishing new revenues from the market place. It is backed by Asda, Marks & Spencer, Safeway, Sainsburys, Somerfield, Tesco and Waitrose.

The same supermarkets donated another £650,000 earlier in the year which was distributed to farm charities via the NFU. Jan Shawe, chairman of the fund, said: "We want to invest where our help will make a real difference in these difficult times. So market initiatives, market planning and re-training are all candidate areas."

Details of applications can be found on the Institute of Grocery Distribution web-site at or by writing to Farmers Fund, c/o Marlow Wade and Partners, PO Box 156, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1XW. &#42

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