Plans to help the UK’s farmers and food and drink businesses boost exports have been announced today by the Government . Plans include:
- appointing more dedicated ‘agri-food attaches’ to act as representatives on the ground to unlock key markets across the world. This will build on the excellent teams already working in our Embassies around the world;
- establishing a Food and Drink Exports Council to work collaboratively to expand our food and drink exports strategy. We will engage closely with Devolved Administrations and others on the design and implementation of the Export Council;
- strengthening our technical expertise as well as our farmers and producers’ understanding of export markets to ensure that food and drink exporters are able to benefit from market opportunities.
The exports initiative will launch later in the year.
FDEA has been working with AHDB FDF and others to push this agenda, as part of the Sector Council Export Working Group. The Group has presented papers to Government for additional support and are pleased to see this now has some movement. Details are still to be worked out, but this is good news for the sector