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UK bags major sheep-meat export order from India

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The UK's lamb industry has bagged a lucrative export order to deliver sheep-meat to India, a promising new market for its product.

The and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) exports division said a range of different cuts of sheep-meat will be covered by the agreement, which is likely to be worth about 6 million pounds over the next five years.

According to Farmers Weekly', the new agreement follows a series of inspections and negotiations led by the UK's Department for Environment, (DEFRA) alongside AHDB, the (FSA), the (UKECP), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the and other organisations.

"Despite currently only representing a small market for our sheep-meat exports, it has the potential for future growth due to its growing population and income," said Dr

"Access to this new market is the result of ongoing work by government, and key industry stakeholders and provides us with another non-European market for our sheep-meat exports," he said.

described the announcement related to its export order this week as a testament to the UK's high-quality produce and world-class standards. The UK currently exports 386 million pounds of sheep-meat overseas annually but just 3.8 per cent of this product goes outside of the

This deal is seen as a significant win for the industry, which could be one of the worst affected in a post-Brexit scenario where the UK does not enjoy the same access to the EU single market that it currently enjoys.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:30 IST