Creed in Morocco where imports of Irish dairy products are set to grow by 60% in 2016
The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed today led a delegation of Irish agri-food exporters on the first day of a trade mission to North Africa with events in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.
Speaking from Rabat, Minister Creed said this is the first ever Ministerial led Irish agri-food trade mission to Morocco and my objective is to raise the profile of Ireland as a source for safe, secure and sustainably produced food.
“While there is existing and growing trade in Irish products here, we know that the potential is there for this to significantly grow. This trade mission is an example of my ongoing focus on the diversification of markets for our Irish agri-food exports, particularly in response to Brexit”.
Minister Creed commenced the visit with a high-level bilateral meeting with his Moroccan Counterpart, the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch.
These talks focused on the scope for deepening the collaboration in agriculture and food between both Countries.
The Minister said trade between Ireland and Morocco continues to grow across many different sectors of the economy, especially agri-food.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to reiterate our commitment to furthering this relationship today in my meeting with Minister Akhannouch.
“It is clear that the sustainable intensification of our respective agri-food sectors is a national priority for both countries.