Posts tagged "BREXIT"

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...

Brexit: No case for separate North deal in Government strategy

[9 October/ The Irish Times] The UK is the prime importer of Irish agri-food, representing 47 percent of Irish exports. Round five of the Brexit negotiations has considered Northern Island, and the ESRI has warned of a potential impact on trade from a hard Brexit, as it will involve a trade border with tariffs, and...

This Strawberry-Picking Robot Gently Picks The Ripest Berries With Its Robo-Hand

[9 October/ Fast Company] Californian strawberry growers are finding it difficult to find workers to harvest fruit. In the U.K., Brexit has made farm labour less appealing for Eastern European workers who previously held the positions. This agricultural labour shortage situation is similar across most developed nations. Octinion CEO Tom Coen said agricultural labour is...

Leaked EU memo suggests ‘all-Ireland’ agri-food trade but farmers reject NI-UK trade barriers

[6 October/ Farming UK] A leaked EU Brexit memo has suggested agricultural trade could be made on an all-Ireland basis when the UK leaves the European Union. The memo reportedly came from the office of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The memo suggests that agricultural products may be treated separately to cross-border trade subject...

Scottish farmers fear ‘checkpoint’ migration policy

[3 October/ The Daily Telegraph] First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland needed to have a more liberal immigration system after Brexit, and warned it risked creating border controls with England. Scotland National Farmers Union Director of Policy, Johnnie Hall said he could not see how Ms Sturgeon’s proposal would work and did not...

National’s ‘boldest-ever’ trade policy just a wishlist: Labour

[22 August/NZ Herald] National has released its trade policy in advance of the election, which it claims will unlock potential in markets with 2.5 billion people. Trade Minister, Todd McClay, said the package was the boldest ever trade push in the country’s history and contrasts starkly with Labour’s recent opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership....

UK targets open Irish border for food after Brexit

[17 August/Food Navigator] The UK Government has said it hopes to reach a deal that avoids a hard border being placed on the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as its negotiates its Brexit deal. The preference is to have a border that requires no physical infrastructure and is as...

UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser; Oxford Economist Dieter Helm said that the agriculture industry enjoys benefits ‘nobody else in the economy gets’

[29 July/ The Guardian] Economist and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee, Dieter Helm, called for a review of the current taxation rules for farmers and said the agricultural sector received disproportionate government support. Professor Helm added that tax breaks for farmers caused a subsidy addiction and are used to avoid inheritance tax. Professor Helm...

Halal meat business sets out ‘ambitious’ trade plans

[12 July/ Global Meat News] Haloodies will begin exporting meat products to UAE supermarkets with an aim to become a global halal brand. Haloodies sells halal meat to retailers including Tesco and Amazon Fresh. By September 2017, the firm hopes to have multipacks of two brand new meat snack flavours stocked by major UAE retailers....

Cutting through Brexit: delivering a platform of pain with the potential to build a stronger future for Britain and its partners

We are now over a week on from the vote that could never happen.  The outcome that nobody saw coming, despite it being in plain view of all for months.  So much has been written and said about Brexit over the last week that I thought long and hard about adding my reflections to the...