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Emergency £400k injection to protect island's dairy industry

Emergency £400k injection to protect island's dairy industry

Monday 26 September 2022

Emergency £400k injection to protect island's dairy industry

Monday 26 September 2022

£400,000 in emergency funding is heading for the island's dairy sector after farmers raised the alarm over the future of the island's famous breed and supply of milk.

The money, which comes from underspends in the Government's Economy Department, is aimed at relieving pressures from unprecedented costs.

The industry is being hit on multiple fronts - while farmers were already dealing with the impact of Brexit and covid, the dry weather has left Jersey cows short of grass to eat, while also stunting and depleting the growth of winter feed such as maize. The cost of imported feed, meanwhile, has soared by more than 50% since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Guernsey farmers have been facing the same struggles. In August, the island's States gave them almost £500,000 in emergency funding to prevent some going out of business.

Farmer Andrew Le Gallais, who is also chairman of Jersey Dairy, told Express last month that if the local sector didn't get a similar injection, it faced a potentially grim fate.

Pictured: Andrew Le Gallais met with Economic Development Minister Kirsten Morel alongside Assistant Minister Lucy Stephenson and Alex Curtis.

Announcing the Government of Jersey's £400,000 intervention today, Economic Development Minister Deputy Kirsten Morel described the funding as "necessary to ensure the dairy industry’s viability in the short term".

“Jersey’s dairy farmers are important not only to ensure our high quality, and internationally recognised, milk but also as custodians of our island's natural environment and landscape which they do so much to protect," he continued.

“This money will be used to help manage the shock of the cost of feed importation, which will have to be managed throughout the coming winter, it is an important interim measure while we work to secure more long-term security for our rural economy.”

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