The Welsh lamb industry could be left more vulnerable after Brexit due to potential trade friction with the European Union and higher tariffs, a new report claims.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) latest ‘Horizon’ report, ‘Exploring the implications of Brexit for agriculture and horticulture in Wales’, looked at the importance of a UK/EU trade deal which supports the long-term interests of Welsh agriculture,
It found access to EU markets is particularly important for the Welsh food and drink industry, particularly beef and lamb – up to 40% of sheep meat produced in Wales is exported annually and, of this, over 90% would be destined for the EU. The EU is still the largest importer of food and drink exports from Wales.
David Swales, head of strategic insight at AHBD, said: “For some sectors, Brexit presents a number of opportunities, while other parts of the industry face some potential challenges when we leave the EU. While we do not know all the details, we would rather farmers and growers start to prepare now based on the information we have at present.
“We will be updating our report as more information becomes available, but this latest Horizon document allows industry to avoid the wait-and-see approach, which we believe is high risk.”