Call to look again at EU lamb quota.
EUROPEAN import quotas for lamb need re-assessing to prevent New Zealand sheep meat being dumped In Britain, Plaid Cymru has claimed.
Shadow agriculture minister Llyr Gruffydd said the UK was taking a disproportionate share of lamb from New Zealand, depressing domestic prices.
Last year more than 85,000 tons of sheep meat was imported into the UK - more than half of New Zealand's exports to the EU.
Mr Gruffydd said one option was to lower the annual EU import quota from the existing 228,000 tonnes.
He said: "This level of imports has not been achieved for a number of years, which in itself suggests it is too inflated.
"Alternatively a more balanced dispersal of imported lamb across the EU would help to address the disproportionate impact on the UK." At a time of crisis for lamb producers in Wales, the need to re-examine import quotas was more critical than ever, said Mr Gruffydd.
"This call isn't one we make lightly, but the current situation is unsustainable as things stand," he added.
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 15, 2015|
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