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Farmers in Greater Manchester to get up to £20,000 for recovery

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Staff writer ▼ | March 25, 2016
Farmers in Greater Manchester who suffered losses as a result of flooding caused by Storm Desmond or Storm Eva are now eligible to apply for support grants of up to £20,000.
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Helping farmers   Farming recovery fund extended
The grant is available to help with uninsurable losses including removal of gravel and debris from farmland, to reinstate boundaries and gates and re-cultivate grass and arable land. Farmers from Greater Manchester have an extended deadline of April 15 to submit an application via the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

Farmers from flood-affected areas where the scheme is already open in Cumbria, Northumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire and parts of County Durham have submitted over 400 applications worth £4.4 million, with more than £1.5 million already approved.

Farmers from these areas that have not yet submitted an application are urged to do so as soon as possible before the 1 April deadline.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: "We are extending the Farm Recovery Fund so that a small number of farmers in the Greater Manchester area affected by December’s floods can access the same support.

"These payments to help farmers get back on their feet are part of a wider £200 million package of government support set up to help communities affected by the devastating floods in Northern England.

So far over 400 applications worth £4.4million have been submitted by flood-affected farmers in Northern England. I would urge any farmer who wants to submit an application to do so as soon as possible."

Farmers affected by flooding are able to claim grants of between £500 and £20,000 to contribute to the cost of restoring their farmland.

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