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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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