During the first five months of 2016 R.A.B.I has seen a large increase in the number of working farmers seeking our help.
From January to mid-May this year we have helped 112 farmers in financial hardship with funds totalling almost £217,000. In comparison, during the same period last year we helped 58 farmers with funds totalling £93,500. This represents a 132% increase in payments to working farmers in need.
Trish Pickford, Head of Welfare at R.A.B.I, said: “There are various reasons why more working farmers are turning to us for support, including the hardship caused by flooding, particularly in the north of England, at the start of the year. It has also been a bad year for many families affected by falling commodity prices and / or delays in Basic Payments.
“Such things mean that there is less to fall back on when something out of the ordinary happens, such as illness or accidents.”