Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
|Legal status||Non-Departmental Public Body|
|Purpose||Help UK agriculture be more competitive and sustainable|
|British farmers and growers|
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a levy board funded by farmers and growers and some other parts of the supply chain. It plays a vital role in improving farm business efficiency and competitiveness in the areas of: pigs, beef and lamb production in England; milk, potatoes and horticulture in GB; cereals and oilseeds in the UK. It undertakes Research and Development and farm-level knowledge transfer activity, provides essential market information to improve supply chain transparency and undertakes marketing promotion activities to help stimulate demand and to develop export markets. These are activities which most individual farm businesses could not afford to do themselves.
It was formed on 1 April 2008, from five previous organisations which were similarly levy-funded, which were the British Potato Council; the Home-Grown Cereals Authority; the Horticultural Development Council; the Meat and Livestock Commission; and the Milk Development Council.
It was created using powers granted under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
Its statutory purpose is to improve UK farm business efficiency and competitiveness. This is defined as:
(a) increasing efficiency or productivity in the industry;(d) improving the ways in which the industry contributes to sustainable development.
(b) improving marketing in the industry;
(c) improving or developing services that the industry provides or could provide to the community; and
It is structured with six operating divisions representing the commodity sectors covered by its statutory remit:
- Pork - pigs (pork) in England
- Dairy - dairy (milk) in Great Britain
- Beef and Lamb - beef and lamb in England
- Horticulture - horticulture in Great Britain
- Cereals & Oilseeds - cereals and oilseeds in the United Kingdom
- Potato Council - potatoes in Great Britain
AHDB also has a commercial business which operates in the GB red meat sector:
- Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Limited - provision of services to the GB red meat industry
Farmers, growers and others in the food supply chain pay a statutory levy and in return receive services that they might not otherwise be able to afford to invest in, like research and development, market intelligence information and trade development and marketing. The levy rate is recommended by advisory boards composed of levy payers and agreed by the AHDB Board and by UK Minsters.