Minister Michael Creed, on a trade mission with fellow Irish delegates, took in five states as he looked to explore trade opportunities for Ireland.
He and the group of delegates moved from Washington DC and made their way to a range of events held in Maryland and New Jersey.
Whilst in Maryland the Minister met with various State Government officials, including Joe Bartenfelder, The Minister for Agriculture. He also met with the Secretary of Natural Resources, Mark Belton, as well as representatives of Biomass Heating solutions (BHSL), with the latter's technology and poultry waste management the focus of talks.
BHSL are an agri-tech company based in Ireland, and have developed a system to convert untreated poultry manure into energy. This energy can be then used for heating, cooling and for electricity for use on farms. The development has seen recent success with a project between the company and the Maryland state Department of Agriculture.
Creed said the meetings were held with the aim of future further collaboration between Irish companies and the state. He stated that it was the agri-tech sector in particular being focused on during talks. He said, âthere was a real appetite from the officials I met for further collaboration between Irish companies and the State particularly in the Agri-tech space. Â I was accompanied by Enterprise Ireland for this meeting who continue to work closely with the rapidly developing Agri-tech sector.â
The delegation of Irish officials then made their way to the Mullica hill cold storage facility, which is one of the largest facilitators of imports and other foods.
This offered Creed and the team a chance to explore future opportunities for exporting Irish meats to the US.
The day ended for Creed and the team with one final meeting, this time with Senior management of the Port of Philadelphia.
Mr. Creed said today was important so Irish companies could make business contacts within the US. He stated, âA key part of our efforts during Trade Missions such as this one is to facilitate important introductions between Irish exporters and key industry contacts on the ground in a host Country. Â Today's engagements with significant gatekeepers along the supply change provided a good opportunity for our Trade representatives to develop new relationships which will aid their efforts in developing their footprint in the US marketplace.â
Tomorrow will see the delegation head to Chicago for a series of events focusing on dairy and beverages.