British Poultry Council (BPC) chairman John Reed has highlighted the challenges facing the country’s poultry meat sector.
Speaking after being re-elected for a fourth term as chairman of the BPC at its recent AGM, Reed explained the importance of the poultry sector to Britain.
“The UK is a trading nation and we import and export poultry meat and breeding stock to and from countries around the world. Imports are worth over £2 billion every year, with exports amounting to over £0.5bn. Three-quarters of that trade is with EU countries.
“During the Brexit negotiations we want the government to recognise the contribution that food production makes to this country, and how important trade is to a healthy British poultry meat industry.”
He added that the British poultry meat sector is also a significant employer, and that the industry is concerned over the impact of Brexit on the movement of labour.
Reed added: “People are the life-blood of the sector, and continued movement of quality labour between Europe and the UK is crucial. I have been lucky to have a long and happy career in the British poultry meat sector and I want others to have that opportunity in the future.”
On his re-election, he said: “I am delighted to have been asked to continue as chairman of the BPC, and look forward to helping steer a great sector through the challenging times surrounding Brexit.”