The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has increased the volume support it has gifted to Welsh farmers and their families by 22% so far this year.

From January to November this year, RABI donated around £253,000 to farmers in Wales. It compares to £207,000 for the same period last year – a 22% increase.

Of the funds given, £123,000 went to 55 working farmers and their families – a 94% increase on last year’s figure of £63,000 for the same period.

Malcolm Thomas, RABI chairman, said: “This year has been particularly hard for farmers.

The snow and weeks of rain followed by the heatwave left many playing catch-up. Now, we’re heading into winter and, for many, resources are running low.

“The work of RABI is more important than ever. Whatever lies ahead, we remain in a strong position to support those in financial need in the farming industry.”

Over the course of the last 10 months, the Welsh counties where we have given out the most to working farmers are:

  • Brecon & Radnor – £20,000;
  • Montgomeryshire – £18,000; and
  • Caernarfon – £15,000.

The unaudited figures cover the period from January 1 until November 26, 2018, and are subject to change. They have been rounded up where appropriate.

Need help from RABI?

RABI can do a lot to help those in need. If you’re struggling financially, give the RABI welfare team a call on the Freephone helpline: 0808-281-9490.

Can you support the RABI Christmas Hamper Campaign? Each year, the charity sends out a hamper full of goodies for all the people we help long-term. Readers can find out more about the campaign here.