Poultry industry wants more export help from government

A British Poultry Council (BPC) survey has found that just a quarter of its members think the government is doing enough to secure UK poultry exports to growing markets.

Andrew Large, BPC chief executive, said: The British poultry industrys prospects remain broadly positive, with a welcome reduction in feed costs recently. While domestic demand remains strong, increasing exports is an important priority if the industry is to thrive in the future.

The survey found that confidence in the industrys future is stable, with 70% of members feeling about the same as they did six months ago, while members felt more confident about the future of their businesses.

However the message was clear concerning the export market to expanding markets, where the BPC believes more needs to be done.

Large added: We welcome the commitment of Owen Paterson MP, secretary of state for environment, farming and rural affairs, to grow UK poultry exports and remove the burdens that are holding them back. Yet while the political will exists, Defra is suffering from staffing issues, which have negatively affected its ability to efficiently process veterinary health certificates in priority markets. These are holding back the UK poultry industrys ability to sell more internationally.

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