At its meeting in Aberystwyth today (8 July, 2016), the Board of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) expressed its determination to work to secure the future of Wales’ red meat industry amid the political uncertainties caused by the EU Referendum result.
“Since the Referendum result a fortnight ago, HCC has been determined to ensure that the needs of the red meat industry are heard loud and clear in discussions over the key issue of the terms of trade with important European and worldwide markets,” said HCC’s Chairman, Dai Davies.
Mr. Davies emphasised that overseas trade would continue to be vital to the prosperity of rural Wales. “In the short-term, business will continue as usual. But for the future we have to ensure that the needs of Welsh red meat are considered in trade negotiations, and that arrangements are put in place for the vital PGI status of Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef which are such important markers of the quality and traceability of our produce. It was reassuring to hear the UK Secretary of State refer to the importance of this issue in Parliament yesterday.”
Mr. Davies added, “Our Board Members reported that farmers and all sections of the red meat supply chain felt that the work of HCC in protecting and developing markets for Welsh produce was needed more than ever. We stand ready to work with the Welsh Government to ensure the best deal for the industry.”