Posts tagged "BREXIT"

Industry makes calls for new Northern Ireland agri-food marketing body

[16 May/ AgriLand Ireland] The managing director of one of the region’s biggest meat processors has called for Northern Ireland to have its own overseas marketing body for local food. George Mullan, ABP Northern Ireland managing director, while on a panel, reported that not enough is being done to promote the region’s food and drink...

Apple growers dodge Brexit bullet

[07 May/Farmers Weekly] Apple exports have dodged the Brexit bullet with British Prime Minister Theresa May buying further time till the end of October to get backing for her plan. However, Hastings-based Mr Apple Chief Executive Andrew van Workum says any hold-ups will come too late to disrupt New Zealand apple exports and that they...

Sheep meat exports affected by Brexit

[16 April/Rural Life] Ongoing Brexit uncertainty is having a negative impact on New Zealand sheep meat exports. In January export volumes plunged 32 percent year-on-year according to Rabobank’s latest Agribusiness Monthly report. Global demand and in-market prices in New Zealand’s key export markets remain generally strong however the United Kingdom is the market causing the...

No-deal Brexit ‘disadvantage’ for NI agri-food – Michael Gove

[27 March/BBC News] Michael Grove, Environment Secretary for the UK has reported that a no-deal Brexit would could place Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry at a significant disadvantage. This would be due to high tariffs from Northern Ireland to the Republic whilst goods going the other way would face no tariffs. Mr Gove said the impact...

Brexit debacle sparks disbelief

[22 March/Farmers Weekly] The UK could be pushed out of the EU as there has been no support from MPs for the deal. The deal includes a 21 month transition period of the UK and the EU to negotiate future trading terms. Dave Harrison, Policy and Advocacy General Manager for Beef + Lamb stated that...

EU chief talks up free trade deal

[27 February/Rural News Group] Phil Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is optimistic that a quality free trade agreement (FTA) will be set up with New Zealand before the end of the year. Mr Hogan visited New Zealand briefly last week to discuss current FTA negotiations with three more formal rounds scheduled...

Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

[11 February/BBC] The UK food industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, saying it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit. The warning came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from more than 30 business leaders. The government said leaving the EU with a...

European food makers call for ‘special consideration’ in event of no-deal Brexit

[07 Feb/Dairy Reporter] Representatives of the European food industry met with Michael Barnier, European Union’s chief negotiator in order to press for ‘’special consideration’’ for the industry in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Representatives included those from Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and a follow up letter was also signed. The Brexit...

Government behind farmers’ slipping confidence — Guy

[12 February/Dairy News] The January Mid-Season Farm Confidence Survey from Federated Farmers suggest farmer confidence is at its lowest since 2009 during the Global Financial Crisis. National Agriculture spokesperson, Nathan Guy, noted that there are many international issues like Brexit and trade wars causing concern, most of the pessimism results from Government policies. He noted...

Rabobank Lists Scenarios for U.K. Food Under No-Deal Brexit

[26 January/Bloomberg] Rabobank’s analysts have sought to predict what could happen to British and European agriculture under a no-deal Brexit. Amongst well known effects like faster UK food inflation due to a weaker pound, and spoiled produce due to border delays, the bank listed lesser publicised effects in their report including surplus grain supplies and...

UK veterinary agreement ensures status quo for exporters

[25 January/The Country] The signing of a veterinary agreement between the UK and New Zealand during the Prime Minister’s recent visit to London should provide reassurance to farmers and exporters about trade after Brexit according to Beef + Lamb NZ and Meat Industry Association. In a joint statement, the organisations Chief Executive’s said the signing...

Record-high primary sector exports forecast

[13 December/The Country] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, expects New Zealand’s primary sector exports are set to reach a record high over the coming year based on figures in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ latest Situation and Outlook report.  The report forecasts a 3.8% increase in export earnings for the year ending June 2019 to $44.3billion...

NZ meat trade to Europe and UK faces potential logjam

[25 October/Stuff] Due to the UK exiting the EU, New Zealand’s lamb exports to the UK could get caught up in border confusion as new rules are implemented. New Zealand’s red meat sector Brexit representative, Jeff Grant, said the uncertainty over what sort of a deal the UK negotiates threatened the smooth flow of trade...

U.K. Introduces Farm Bill With Seven-Year Brexit Transition

[12 September/Bloomberg] The UK Government has introduced new agriculture legislation to replace the EU subsidies for farmers. It places more emphasis on environmental standards. It includes a seven year transition period to help farmers survive after leaving the EU. It detailed how farmers would be paid for criteria such as better water quality and animal...

Meat industry objects to post-Brexit quota split as ‘inflexible’

[27 July/NBR] Signs of trouble for New Zealand in negotiating post-Brexit free-trade agreements with the UK and EU are emerging with proposals to split meat import quotas. The UK and EU have proposed a fifty-fifty split of the World Trade Organisation approved tariff free quota. The NZ Meat Association said it would effectively lock in...

Grant to help lead sector’s Brexit response

[17 April/Otago Daily Times] Southland Agribusiness Leader, Jeff Grant, was appointed to support the red meat sector’s response to Brexit. The appointment was made by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman, Andrew Morrison, said that Jeff is highly experienced and had been involved in the...

Irish Farmers’ Association warns of Brexit impact

[15 February/Global Meat News] A report prepared for the Irish Government on the impacts of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy paints a very stark picture for food and farming in the country according to the Irish Farmers Association.  The report looks at various trading models that the EU could adopt with Britain moving forward...

Farmers to be paid for improving public access

[4 January/The Daily Telegraph] UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, is to announce to the Oxford Farming Conference that farmers will be rewarded for opening up the countryside to the public and enhancing the environment after Brexit, as the UK Government plans to replace EU subsidies with a system that rewards farmers for how they use...

Farmer support for Brexit as strong as ever, FW poll reveals

[22 December /UK Farmers Weekly] A recent survey of readers of Farmers Weekly in UK indicates that support for Brexit remains as strong as ever in the rural sector with few who voted leave in the EU referendum saying that they would vote any differently should another referendum be conducted. The survey indicated that 53%...

Food sector breathers relief as Brexit talks to move to stage two

[8 December/ Food Navigator] The European Commission has confirmed that sufficient progress had been made with discussions over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, enabling Brexit negotiations to move onto stage two, the future trading relationship. In a joint press conference, United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker...

‘No guarantees’ for red meat trade post-Brexit

[28 November/ Radio New Zealand] Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox has been in New Zealand meeting with Foreign Minister, Winston Peters and Trade Minister, David Parker, to discuss the future of post-Brexit trade between the two countries. New Zealand exported about $2 billion of red meat to the European Union and has a tariff-free...

Farming subsidies ‘should be scrapped’

[2 November/NZ Farmer] A report from Think Tank Chatham House has said a market-orientated farming model, such as the one in New Zealand, is the only way for the UK to benefit from free trade while committing to green targets in a post-Brexit environment. It is calling for farming subsidies to be heavily curtailed or...

Get Brexit right – UK dairy farmers

[8 November/ Rural News Group] Arla Foods UK Managing Director, Tomas Pietrangeli, said Brexit presents “the biggest seismic change” to the dairy industry in the UK. The UK is negotiating to exit the European Union, meaning the dairy industry may receive tariffs after Brexit and may face difficulty accessing non-UK labour. Arla generated GBP6 billion...

Farm profits may halve after Brexit, says report

[11 October/ BBC] Research by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said the profitability of UK farms could decrease, at worst, by half after Brexit. The research attempted to model the effects of cheaper imported food, decreased subsidies and more expensive labour. However, a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Spokesman said the report...