Saudi ban on UK lamb to be lifted

Suffolk lambs. Picture: GRAEME CRISSELL

Suffolk lambs. Picture: GRAEME CRISSELL - Credit:

A new deal means British lamb will soon be back on the menu in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement, worth around £25m over the next five years, means sheep farmers and meat producers will be able to take advantage of the increasing demand for UK food and drink in Saudi Arabia, where total UK exports were worth more than £152m last year. Top exports in 2017 included sweet biscuits (£13m), chocolate (£10.9m), butter (£6m) and cheese (£5.1m).

The UK government worked with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) to lift a 20 year long ban on exporting British lamb after the BSE crisis.

Farming minister George Eustice said: “This is a significant development for our British lamb farmers and meat producers, with the potential to boost jobs and bring millions of pounds into an industry which guarantees quality from farm to fork.”

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