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Farmers praised as wet weather has 'substantial impact'

Gov't officer working with MNFU to consider support

The Environment, Food and Agriculture Minister says her thoughts are with the Island's farming community which is facing huge challenges caused by the poor weather.

Recent storms, as well as the amount of rainfall, are said to be having a substantial impact on spring activities including lambing, calving, and seed planting.

Clare Barber says: "The impact on the sector has not gone unnoticed and officers are working with the Manx National Farmers Union (MNFU) to understand the long-term impact and how we can best support action to address the consequences."

 

Speaking in the week in which we saw the wettest 24 hour period for any April on record on the Isle of Man, farmer, and Manx Radio Countryside presenter, Kirree Kermode said some Manx farmers are considering changing when they lamb in order to cope with changing weather patterns:

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