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18 October 2016 12:48:12 |Government,News,Produce,Products

Defra support 'vital' for farmers wanting to reach overseas markets after Brexit


Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs Andrea Leadsom

Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs Andrea Leadsom

The support of the farming industry and Defra is 'vital' in reaching markets abroad for British farmers' produce after Brexit, the Defra Secretary has said.
Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom visited Stoneleigh Park to speak to dairy processors at an export forum, organised by Dairy UK and AHDB.
She then addressed industry stakeholders and journalists on the customised 32-tonne truck, which acts as the mobile hub.
It has been touring the UK this week promoting food and drink exports and pulled in at Stoneleigh to coincide with the high level dairy talks.
Ms Leadsom was there to discuss the government’s export plan for food and drink.
It showcases the value to the British economy gained from the exports of farmer and grower produce, along with the work being undertaken to develop new overseas markets.
Peter Hardwick, AHDB Head of Exports, said: "There is significant scope for other commodities and the seminars focused on how exporters could best approach issues such as working in partnership with industry and identifying potential new markets.
“The support of the industry, Defra and the Department of Internal Trade is vital to this ongoing work.”
'Champion favorites'
Food and drink is the UK’s fourth largest exporting sector worth £18 billion a year, with exports of agricultural commodities alone valued at £6.25 billion a year.
Addressing stakeholders in the export hub, Ms Leadsom said the government was there to help and would do so whenever it could to help farmers, growers and processors looking to sell their goods overseas.
“Last year we sold £18 billion of our food and drink across the world and I’m determined to build on this success,” she said.
“Through our Great British Food campaign I want to champion favourites from across the region both at home and abroad to help cement Britain’s reputation as a global food nation.”
AHDB also used the high profile occasion to unveil its dairy export activities until spring 2017.

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