Farming contingency fund needed to support Cornish farmers during coronavirus


The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to set up a dedicated contingency fund for farmers during the Covid-19 crisis, supporting over 4,535mor ethan  farms across Cornwall.

Writing to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron warned farmers are a "vital cog in the UK's response to this pandemic" and urged the Government to take every measure to support farmers to "concentrate fully on producing food".

As part of a package of proposals alongside a dedicated contingency fund, the former Liberal Democrat leader has urged the Government to postpone the reduction of Basic Payments to farmers from January 2021 and relax the cosmetic standards for food.

Ruth Gripper, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Truro and Falmouth said:

"The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just what a vital role farmers play, and the industry has really responded to the challenge.

"Now is not the time to be making changes to the system - we need to support farmers so that they can focus on producing the high-quality food British farming is known for.

"Like so many businesses, without government support our farmers will struggle. That's why Liberal Democrats are calling for a contingency fund to support more than 4000 farms across Cornwall."

Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron said:

"Our farmers are a vital cog in the UK's response to this pandemic. In the country's interest, we must do all we can to ensure they can concentrate fully on producing food.

"That is why Liberal Democrats are calling for an urgent dedicated contingency fund for farmers. Now is also the time postpone the new reforms such as the Basic Payments to farmers and relax the cosmetic standards for food."


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