New Welsh red meat levy rates approved
New statutory levy rates for the Welsh red meat industry have been given the green light and will be introduced next month.
The Minister for Rural Affairs, Elin Jones AM approved the new rates following a nine week consultation with the industry.
The increase, the first in a decade, will mean that from the 1st April 2011 the new levy rates will be £5.67 for cattle, £0.17 for calves, £0.83 for sheep and £1.30 for pigs.
Dai Davies, Chairman of the Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru, said “This increase is necessary for us to continue to undertake the promotion and marketing of Welsh red meat at home and abroad, together with research and development activities for the benefit of Welsh producers, processors and the Welsh economy as a whole.
“The majority of responses during the consultation were in favour of an increase, highlighting the value of the work that HCC undertakes and recognising that this increase was necessary for HCC to continue its work on behalf of the industry.”