Export boss slams strong Sterling

23 October 2000

Export boss slams strong Sterling

By FWi staff

BRITISH farmers are trying to compete in Europe with both hands tied behind their backs, claims the chief of a top agribusiness firm.

David Owen, chief executive of Farmers First, said the strength of Sterling against the Euro created very difficult conditions for exporters.

Speaking from SIAL, one of the worlds leading food events, in Paris, Mr Owen said: “You need only to visit an event like this to appreciate the intense competitiveness of the marketplace.

“With the strength of Sterling against the Euro, and hence against all European currencies, we are trying to push water up hill.”

Mr Owen accused Chancellor Gordon Brown of being content to let the export markets be served by anything other than UK produce.

“It is ironic that having done so much to improve our product, and to produce to some of the highest standards, our greatest fight is with currency,” he added.

Farmers First is an umbrella company for producer-owned livestock exporter Farmers Ferry and sister company Farmers Fresh, which specialises in the on-the-hook trade.

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