Minister Creed leads agri-food trade mission to Morocco and Algeria
Region a key target for Irish agri-food exports
Published 02/11/2016 | 16:56
A host of Irish agri-food companies on a five-day trade mission to North Africa, commencing today led by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.
Commenting in advance of his departure, Minister Creed said North Africa offers enormous potential for the Irish food and drink industry.
“Diversification of markets is a key goal of Food Wise 2025 and Africa represents a major potential growth area. This is even more important now as we face the uncertainty which the Brexit decision brings for exporters.
“As Minister I am determined to be proactive in the face of the threat posed to our agri-food sector by Brexit. Securing new markets and consolidating and expanding existing markets for our exports is a key part of this strategy.
“I am pleased to be accompanied by some 10 Irish companies on the mission, along with senior officials from my Department and from State Agencies in the agri-food and fisheries sector, including Bord Bia and Sustainable Food Systems Ireland.”
The Minister’s mission commences Wednesday in Morocco where he will be based until Saturday for a series of trade promotion events and political meetings with Moroccan counterparts.
Agri-food exports from Ireland to Morocco last year continued their steady growth and have now almost doubled from around €8m in 2013 to almost €14.5m in 2015.