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Telegraph asks readers todig deep for farmers

A campaign to help those affected by foot and mouth disease has been launched by the Derby Evening Telegraph.

The paper is asking its readers to help local farmers in two ways – by helping raise money, and by buying goods from businesses crippled by the loss of trade due to the disease.

To kick-start its Dig Deep for Derbyshire Farmers fund, the Telegraph has donated 5p from every copy it sold on Wednesday.

Funds raised will be used to pay bills and buy essential provisions for struggling farmers throughout Derbyshire, which they will receive through payments from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

The Telegraph has also launched a dedicated website businessderbyshire/buylocal concentrating on the crisis and the campaign.

The site will keep readers up-to-date with the latest news, and include a list of affected farms and events.

Visitors to the website will also be able to nominate businesses with they think deserve support from the campaign, and find help and advice about what foot and mouth is and how to minimise the risk of spreading the disease.

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