Dec 6, 2018
The United Kingdom’s lamb industry has got a profitable export order to deliver sheep-meat to India, a promising new market for its product. Despite India is currently only representing a small market for sheep-meat exports from UK, it has the potential for future growth due to its growing population and income, according to The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) international market development director Dr. Phil Hadley.
AHDB exports division said a range of different cuts of sheep-meat will be covered by the agreement, which is likely to be worth about 6 million pounds over the next five years. And the new agreement follows a series of inspections and negotiations led by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) alongside AHDB, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Animal and Plant Health Agency and other organisations.
According to Hadley the access to this new market is the result of ongoing work by government, AHDB and key industry stakeholders and provides us with another non-European market for our sheep-meat exports.
The UK currently exports 386 million pounds of sheep-meat overseas annually but just 3.8 per cent of this product goes outside of the European Union. This deal is seen as a significant win for the sheep industry, which could be one of the worst affected in a post-Brexit scenario where the UK does not enjoy the same access to the EU single market that it currently enjoys.