Half of agri-industry professionals say Brexit offers some positives for the sector
A new survey on Brexit has found that half of agri-industry professionals see Brexit offering some positives for their sector.
The survey, by the Agricultural Science Association, found that 51pc of professionals working with the agri-food industry believe that Brexit could offer a positive opportunity for Ireland.
This figure marks a significant increase in positive sentiment, up 23 percentage points from 28pc in 2016. The findings were released in advance of the annual Agricultural Science Association (ASA) conference.
Of those 51pc of members who believe that Brexit could offer a positive opportunity for the Irish agri-food industry, the following were the main reasons given:
• Brexit will reduce our dependence on the UK and encourage new market opportunities (37pc)
• Brexit will mean that Ireland is the only English speaking country in the EU which presents us with an advantage (16pc)
• Ireland’s unique relationship with the UK will give us an advantage over other EU countries (13pc)
• Brexit will increase the need for innovation within the industry (12pc)