Michael Creed announced the good news as part of his intensive middle east trade trip.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has today announced an improved agreement on beef trade with gulf nation Saudi Arabia.
The improved agreement covers a range of processed meat and should see trade increase once more.
Agri Trade with the gulf state has increased to €136m in 2016.
The minister is on a near week long trade mission with leading Irish agri businesses and state groups. Its hoped more good news will emerge as the week goes on.