At today’s UK Dairy Day, held at the International Centre, Telford, the NFU has launched an ambitious new diary export strategy to help the sector unlock new opportunities on an international stage.
The report identifies a series of actions and recommendations that will enhance the export performance and add value to the industry. Some of the key asks within the report are:
- Form a new taskforce to imrpove and increase dairy exports;
- Work with the British dairy sector to collaborate on a new strategy to grow dairy exports;
- Use government investment to drive dairy exports through trade deals, agriculture counsellors and market development;
- Encourage investment in domestic processing capacity to take advantage of new markets;
- Provide a stable regulatory environment for dairy farmers to thrive;
- Develop an increased focus and build on exisiting work by AHDB and Red Tractor on dairy exports and market development.
NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said: “The British dairy industry is an ambitious and innovative one, producing food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, & butter to some of the world’s highest animal welfare and environmental standards.
“We have developed a fantastic reputation around the world for the quality and already export over £1.6bn worth of dairy products to more than 135 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
“Following a spell of uncertainty for dairy farmers faced by market volatility, the country’s exit from the EU, and the Covid-19 pandemic, the time is right to take a fresh look at our exporting opportunities and capitalise on the tremendous global support for great British dairy products.
“The NFU’s dairy export strategy sets out a number of recommendations that we believe will enhance the industry’s export performance and could double the value of British dairy exports over the next 10 years. It demonstrates why by expanding our markets overseas, we can strengthen and enhance the domestic milk market, as well as cementing our position as a profitable and progressive industry and help set the global standard when it comes to climate-friendly food.
“In particular, we are calling on the government to work with the dairy industry to set up a new Dairy Export Taskforce, whose sole purpose would be to grow dairy exports and investigate the recommendations outlined in this report.
“There’s no doubt we are at a crucial time for British farming, as the government seeks to do free trade deals with countries around the world. The strategy also makes clear the importance of the British dairy brand on the global stage not being undermined by trade deals that allow imports of dairy products that fail to meet our own sector’s high standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection.”