The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that an additional plant has been approved to export beef to China.
This announcement follows on from the beef market opening in 2018 and the six Irish beef plants that had already been approved.
Increasing market opportunities
It comes in advance of the Ministerial Trade Mission to China in May.The Minister said: “This is a testament to my Department’s work in pursuing market access through technical, diplomatic and political channels.”
“Increasing market opportunities for our exporters is a key component of the Food Wise 2025 strategy and our response to Brexit.”
The Minister added, “This will bring to twelve the number of Irish meat plants, excluding Coldstores, which are approved to export to China – seven beef plants and five pigmeat plants.”
“The geographic spread of these plants, with knock-on benefits to our farmers all across the country, is also notable.”
The Minister said that his focus is now on getting additional beef plants approved. He outlined that he will also try to progress sheepmeat access to China as part of the Trade Mission there next month.