Irish meat is bound for the Philippines market
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the opening of the market in the Philippines to exports of beef, pork and lamb from Ireland.
Following a successful audit of Irish facilities, a new agreement has been concluded with the authorities there to permit exports from 39 pig processing plants, 43 beef plants and 29 sheep processors.
Mr Coveney said that the Philippines is a key market in South East Asia and there were good prospects there both in the long and short term.
"Also there is every reason to hope that the decision of the Filipino authorities will have a positive effect on our efforts to gain access to other markets in the region," he said.
Mr Coveney said that it was vital Irish companies had access to as many world markets as possible and he would continue to work closely with Bord Bia and government departments to achieve that.