Derbyshire farmer Angela Sargent
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More East Midlands farmers are getting emergency financial help

30 April 2013 Last updated at 17:42 BST

There has been a sharp rise in the amount of emergency financial help being given to farmers across the East Midlands.

Farmer Angela Sargent from Etwall, Derbyshire, said she and husband Barry had struggled since 2001 when their farm was closed during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

She said: "We were at the point where we had no income coming in. We were desperate. We thought there was no way out."

Milly Wastie from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute said the industry was in crisis.

Eleanor Garnier reports.