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Thursday 19 January 2017

Whistle-stop Africa tour to create food links

Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney met a member of Africa's richest family yesterday as part of his whistle-stop tour of west Africa to promote Irish business this week.

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Sani Dangote is vice-president of the Dangote Group, and his brother Aliko is ranked as Africa's richest man with a fortune of over €17.5bn.

The company is interested in distributing Irish food in the rapidly expanding economies of west Africa. Irish food and drink exports to the region have increased by 50pc over the last five years to reach €195m in 2014.

While the biggest single export is Guinness, the main focus of the minister's trip is to promote Irish dairy and beef. "People don't really know what fresh milk is like here," said Ornua's Africa manager, Bruce Denyer, adding their biggest line is cream powder.

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