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Farming charities welcome Prince's cash

by 5m Editor
2 October 2007, at 9:24am

UK - Farming charities have welcomed the news that their coffers will be swelled by more than 3600,000, thanks to efforts by Prince Charles.

In England and Wales the Farming Help Partnership – made up of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the ARC-Addington Fund and The Farm Crisis Network – will receive the money. In Scotland, it will be administered by RSABI, formerly The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

“We are delighted by this donation,” says Reverend Gordon Gatward of the ARC-Addington Fund.

“We may not have great pyres of burning animals but we do have a situation which is preventing many livestock farmers in this country from making a living.”

John Macfarlane, welfare manager of the RSABI, says: “Once again The Prince of Wales has demonstrated his knowledge of and concern for the farming community and has acted swiftly to provide practical help. “RS

ABI will ensure that the funds are targeted to those who are suffering personally in the current crisis. Hill sheep farming is an extremely important part of Scottish agriculture and we are already receiving calls from farmers in that sector who are suffering stress and worry not only about the situation now, but over the coming year.” The NFU has also welcomed the move. President Peter Kendall says: "This will lift the spirits of farmers everywhere, as well as making a very real difference to the many farming families."

Source: FWi

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