United State President, Donald Trump has announced a 19-billion-dollar aid package for U.S. farmers on Friday, in a bid to shore up the food supply chain in the country.
“The programme will include direct payments to farmers as well as mass purchases of dairy, meat and agricultural produce to get that food to the people in need,” Trump said during his daily news conference.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said 16 billion dollars in direct payments will be made to farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase 3 billion dollars in goods.
The money for the relief has already been allocated by Congress in previous aid legislation.
United States has been the epicenter of Coronavirus, having almost 690, 000 positive cases with over 34,000 death.