MORRISONS has said its ‘For Farmers’ initiative that directly funds sustainability and animal husbandry measures on farms has now raised £20m.

In 2015 the retailer launched a milk product that was 10p/litre more than standard, but the extra paid went directly to dairy farmers.

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It has since expanded the range to cheese, cream and eggs, where shoppers can pay more for a product and support farmers.

Morrison’s For Farmers’ Chuckle Eggs cost 12p/doz more.

That extra money has been invested in planting woodland and creating insect-friendly wildflower habitats for their free-range chickens to roam around in.

To date, 169 acres have been planted, and the scheme is now being expanded to include dairy farms.

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Sophie Throup, head of agriculture at Morrisons, said: “Our farmers continue to face some uncertainty due to the impact of Brexit and the pandemic.

“So we are pleased to have passed on £20m from our For Farmers range to help fund initiatives which may otherwise have suffered from under-investment.

“It’s great to see many customers want to pay more to support British farmers – and want to buy dairy products from cows that have been let out to graze and eggs from free-range hens who can roam in enriched woodland and grassland areas.”