FBD has received “a relatively low number of applicants” for its COVID-19 farm support scheme.

Farmers who are insured with FBD who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and are unable to work can apply for a €1,000 FRS voucher.

The scheme is being run in association with the IFA and has a total fund of €200,000.

FBD would not say how many farmers had applied for the vouchers, but a spokesperson said perhaps the low number of applicants “is an indication of the successful implementation of HSE guidelines and social distancing measures on Irish farms”.

Initiative

"This initiative has been introduced to financially assist our farm customers affected by a COVID-19 diagnosis.

"Upon diagnosis, we continue to urge all farmers unable to work to avail of our updated scheme in association with [the] IFA and Farm Relief Service (FRS).

"An FRS voucher of €1,000 (subject to terms and conditions) will be provided to FBD customers to assist in keeping farms operational during the busy spring period on Irish farms," the spokesperson said.

COVID-19 payments to farmers

The latest figures from Government show that the number of farmers receiving the COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit increased by 20% since Christmas.

Some 994 farmers and those working in agriculture are now receiving the €350/week payment.

The number of people in the agriculture sector claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) has also increased since Christmas, with some 4,716 people on the payment.

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