Welsh Lamb exports boosted by Far Eastern markets
The value of Welsh lamb increased by £5m in 2010, according to figures just released by Hybu Cig Cymru, boosted by growing exports to the Far East.
The value of exports to Hong Kong rose by 35% to £620,000, while Singapore increased the value of its exports by more than 80% to £50,000. A spokesperson at Hybu Cig Cymru confirmed that figures for 2007 exports were “zero”, highlighting the success of Welsh lamb in penetrating new markets.
Laura Dodds, market development manager with Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru, said: “East Asia is becoming an important market for Welsh Lamb with exports to the region increasing year on year.
“We are currently working to try and open up the Chinese markets to exports of Welsh Lamb which will bring a further economic boost to Welsh producers and processors.”
Exports of Welsh lamb totalled more than £111m last year, with France remaining the biggest importer. 21,000 tonnes of Welsh lamb crossed the Channel in 2010, worth £78.4m. Other big exporters included Belgium with £9.2m, Italy, Germany and Portugal. Exports to Switzerland also grew by nearly 40%.
Welsh beef exports also rose to over £35m during 2010, with the Dutch market now worth nearly £10.6m. The value of the German market increased by 129% to £1.4m while the Danish markets also grew.
“Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef have a high reputation among consumers around the world, and these figures show just how important the Welsh red meat industry is to the Welsh economy,” said Dodds.