NFU president Minette Batters has expressed disappointment that the poultry sector has been left out of a new energy support scheme.

The union has lobbied successfully for horticulture to be included in a new round of government energy support, but the poultry sector has been left out.

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Minette added: “The NFU remains extremely disappointed over the lack of support for poultry production – another sector that is energy intensive where ongoing, soaring production costs are putting producers under immense pressure.

“We call on government to do everything it can so that the poultry sector is able to continue producing quality, affordable eggs and poultry meat which we know is valued hugely by the public.”

There will now be energy support for horticulture businesses under the third round of IETF (Industrial Energy Transformation Fund), which launches in January 2024.