VIRGINIA CROSBIE IS BACKING GREAT BRITISH BEEF WEEK

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie is backing Great British Beef Week as the UK Government works to expand exports of the meat into major new markets.

The event until 30th April is aiming to raise awareness of the British beef farming sector and how farmers can take advantage of the global trade opportunities through the Department for International Trade.

In 2020, the UK exported over £382 million worth of beef to the world, with big rises in demand in countries such Hong Kong, which is up 10% and Singapore, up 7%. There has been further uptake in markets like Peru and Canada.

Market access for beef in the US, China and Japan has also now reopened.

Part of the week includes a masterclass for red meat producers to learn more about trading internationally and then the launch of a mentoring programme in the coming weeks.

“Post-Brexit trade deals are a massive opportunity for Anglesey’s farmers to place their high-quality beef produce in even more markets across the world and I’m really happy to support this week and our beef farmers,” said Virginia.

“The support from the Department for International Trade for our agriculture sector is comprehensive and is aiming to give the UK’s agri-food businesses the confidence to export.

“Behind this is the UK Government’s intention to sign Free Trade Deals, which will increase export opportunities, stimulate investment, productivity and jobs here on Anglesey and across the country.

“I hope that many businesses, not just in agriculture but across many sectors, will look closely at exporting.”

In March, four major new trade and investment hubs were established in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the North-East of England to boost trade and investment and level-up the country.

The Department for International Trade now has a new campaign page at: www.gov.uk/growbyexporting to help businesses export.

Great British Beef Week is supported by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Red Tractor, National Farmers’ Union, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Hybu Cig Cymru.

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