UK - The British poultry meat sector faces challenges following the Brexit vote, said the newly re-elected Chairman of the British Poultry Council, John Reed, at the organisation's recent AGM.
However, he also said that a strong and dynamic sector should be facing these challenges with confidence.
Beginning his fourth term as Chairman, Mr Reed, Agricultural Director of Cargill Meats Europe, said: “British poultry meat producers feed the nation, and we will continue to do so. I am delighted to have been asked to continue as Chairman of the BPC, and look forward to helping steer a great sector through the challenging times surrounding Brexit.”
He explained that the UK imports and exports poultry meat and breeding stock to and from countries around the world. Imports are worth over £2 billion every year, with exports amounting to over £0.5 billion. Three-quarters of that trade is with EU countries.
Mr Reed continued: “During the Brexit negotiations we want the Government to recognise the contribution that food production makes to this country, and how important trade is to a healthy British poultry meat industry.”
Mr Reed also expressed concern about the availability of labour for the sector, saying that British labour on its own is not enough. The movement of labour between the UK and the EU is expected to be a key point in Brexit negotiations.
Mr Reed concluded: “People are the life-blood of the sector, and continued movement of quality labour between Europe and the UK is crucial. I have been lucky to have a long and happy career in the British poultry meat sector and I want others to have that opportunity in the future.”ThePoultrySite News Desk