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Red meat levies from UK announce £2m joint activity programme

A major programme of joint activities has been announced by the red meat levy bodies from England, Scotland and Wales. The programme will receive finance through a ring-fenced fund of £2 million (€2.2 million) of AHDB red meat levies.

Posted on Feb 06 ,15:11

Red meat levies from UK announce £2m joint activity programme

An agreement by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Hybu Cig Cymru, (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) will see a range of activity delivered in a three-way collaboration starting in 2018.

AHDB says this has been developed as an interim arrangement while a long-term solution is sought on the issue of levies being collected at point of slaughter in England for animals which have been reared in Scotland or Wales.

The three organisations share an immediate joint commitment to collaborating to ensure levy payers across Great Britain benefit from the activities delivered using the £2 million ring-fenced fund.

The agreement announced today (06 February 2018) follows 12 months of talks between the three bodies after the parameters of the fund were set out by Ministers early in 2017.

This established that AHDB would set aside a ring-fenced sum of £2 million to support a programme of activities benefitting cattle, sheep and pig levy payers in Scotland, Wales and England.

"The three GB levy bodies share many challenges and the simple fact is we can more effectively address them through working together," Jane King, AHDB CEO, said. "Though we already work closely with our colleagues in HCC and QMS on various projects, this new arrangement will take our collaboration to a whole new level with all three organisations deciding jointly how we will invest this fund to make the biggest impact for the red meat sectors."

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