A majority of UK horticulture producers have voted to abolish the statutory AHDB levy.
The turnout of eligible voters was 69%, with 61% voting against the continuation of the levy, and 39% supporting the status quo.
The result has been passed to UK Ministers and the devolved administrations who will decide what happens next.
AHDB Chair Nicholas Saphir said: “The voting information reported by UK Engage shows different sentiment across different crop sectors and size of business – it is really a very complex picture.”
UK Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said: “We will now take these results and scrutinise them closely before making a decision on the future of the horticulture levy in due course.”
The ballot outturn report by UK Engage, the independent company which ran the ballot, has been published on the AHDB website at