Speaking at a UK parliamentary committee inquiry, Dr Martin Grantley-Smith from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), said non-EU grain producers, be it “Russia, Ukraine or the US, have not only been exporting perfectly for a very long time, but equally in volumes that [Britain] can’t imagine”.
Grantley-Smith, who is the AHDB’s strategy director for cereals and oilseeds, told the ‘Brexit: Trade in Food’ inquiry in London on Wednesday (15 November): “It is difficult to see how a customer would change from an existing supplier of large volumes, guaranteed every year, to someone like the UK, who cannot guarantee the volume and indeed has a poor harvest.”
He added: “Turkey, for example, exports five billion tonnes of flour a year. That is the same as [Britain’s] whole production, so it is impossible” for British grain producers to compete outside the EU.
Also addressing the UK parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee was Sarah Mukherjee, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association, and Michael Hambly, Chairman of National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Crops Board.