British Poultry Council Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said:

“We welcome Government’s vision for Britain highlighted in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s 2017 Budget statement today and share Government’s commitment to use Brexit as an opportunity to invest in skills and infrastructure that will support jobs of the future.

We welcome Government’s focus on technological revolution and investments in innovation. We would like to see more Government-backed fiscal incentives for investments in new infrastructure and green technology that will ensure that more British food is available, reduce resource use, lower emissions, boost rural growth, and increase business productivity.

Chancellor’s commitment to work with businesses and build flexibility into the Apprenticeship Levy will go a long way in nurturing our talent, promoting poultry meat sector as a career option, boosting rural employment, and strengthening our economy.

Developing skills and training programmes that match the uptake of technology will strengthen employee productivity; increase efficiency across our supply chains; enable us to feed the nation with safe, nutritious and affordable food; and ensure future food security for our nation.

The British Poultry Meat Industry looks forward to working with the Government to make the most of the opportunities in the coming years and ensure a bright future for Britain.”