AHDB secures support for increase in levy rates

The AHDB has recommended the levy increases for all four sectors, in an application to ministers from Defra and the devolved administrations.

Aerial view of green fields and farmlands in rural Wales

The AHDB has secured the support of major industry stakeholders to increase the levy in all four sectors it supports – pork, beef and lamb in England, dairy in Great Britain, and cereals and oilseeds in the United Kingdom.

It has applied to ministers in Defra and the devolved administrations for approval.

Will Jackson, divisional director for engagement commented: “The levy rate has not increased for over 20 years in some sectors and our spending power has greatly deteriorated over that time due to inflation and the loss of our VAT status.

“If a levy increase is approved, AHDB can continue to deliver the valuable things that levy payers have told us are important to them and increase our activities where levy payers have asked us to do more in order to meet their expectations.”

Since October this year, AHDB has been sharing plans to increase the levy through its Funding your Future campaign. Discussions with industry and levy payers have taken place widely and culminated in a livestream event where levy payers could ask their questions about the levy increase.

The proposals, which were published by the sector councils in October, have now been put to government ministers and devolved administrations for them to make a decision, expected in the first quarter of 2024.

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