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Floods: Cumbria

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 23rd February 2016.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of recent flooding and severe weather in Cumbria on livestock prices.

Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on the agriculture sector in Cumbria of recent flooding and severe weather.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Approximately 600 farmers in Cumbria suffered flooding as a result of Storm Desmond. Considerable damage has been done to stone walls, hedges and tracks. We have established a Farm Recovery Fund which enables farmers to claim grants of between £500 and £20,000 to cover the cost of restoring their farmland. The deadline for fund applications is 1 April 2016.

While recognising the significant impact on those farmers affected, the overall impact on UK livestock prices and production is likely to be limited.

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