Farming is a vital part of our local communities and economy and have been so for generations. For these reasons alone it is imperative that the farming community is assisted through the current medical crisis.
The aim of government is that any business that was viable before the lockdown should receive sufficient help so that it can continue trading once we are through it. Whilst I am fully supportive of the measures that the government has already taken to help business and employees, I also recognise the near unique circumstances farmers are facing where animals still need to be fed and cared for regardless of market demand.
I made representations with ministers on various farming issues and was pleased to see the latest developments announced on Friday 17 April.
I am often in touch with the NFU and will look out for their briefings to further increase my understanding of the challenges faced by farmers.