President Trump announces $19billion in aid for farmers during the pandemic as harrowing pictures show workers plowing their crops back into the soil because demand has plummeted

Saturday, April 18, 2020
By Paul Martin

Farmers are ripping up their own crops because of the lack of demand in the market
Photos show farmers in Homestead, Florida, plowing over eggplant bushes
Trump announced a $19billion relief program Friday to help farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus
It will include $16billion direct payments to producers and mass purchases of meat, dairy, vegetables and other products
‘Having to dump milk or plow under vegetables ready to market is not only financially distressing but it’s heartbreaking as well for those that produce them,’ Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said

By KAYLA BRANTLEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 April 2020

President Donald Trump has announced a $19billion relief program to help farmers cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

The relief program will include $16billion in direct payments to producers and mass purchases of meat, dairy, vegetables and other products.

This comes as farmers are being forced to rip up their own crops because of the lack of demand in the market due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Strawberry fields are abandoned, eggplant bushes are plowed over and ornamental plant nurseries are running dry as the COVID-19 pandemic sees consumers purchasing only necessary crops.

Photos from Homestead, Florida, show the stark reality many farmers are facing as the demands plummets and fears of food shortages rise.

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