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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Moroccan trade delegation visits key agri-food stakeholders

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed pictured last year on a trade mission to Morocco with his Moroccan Counterpart, the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Aziz Akhannouch.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed pictured last year on a trade mission to Morocco with his Moroccan Counterpart, the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Aziz Akhannouch.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A trade delegation from Morocco is currently in Ireland visiting a number of state bodies.

The visiting delegation from Morocco, headed by Mr Hammou Ouhelli, Secretary of State for Rural Development. The Secretary of State was accompanied by Senior Officials from ONSSA, ADA and industry representatives.

This visit follows on from the successful Trade Mission to Morocco, lead by Minister Creed last November.

Senior Department officials accompanied by Sustainable Food Systems Ireland hosted high level discussions in Agriculture House, where opportunities for enhanced trade and cooperation were discussed.

The Moroccan delegation is also meeting with key state agencies such as Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.

Last year Minister Creed spent three days in Morocco, where he held a series of political and commercial meetings in the Agadir region to raise the profile of the Irish agri-food sector.

At the time he said that Morocco is a country with whom we have an existing trade in agri-food already and which is showing phenomenal growth in recent years but this week has highlighted the potential for this to grow much further.

Agri-food exports from Ireland to Morocco in 2015 continued to grow. They have now almost doubled from around €8m in 2013 to almost €14.5m in 2015.

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In 2015 almost €13m or 3,650t of dairy produce was exported.

Almost €13m in agri-food products had been exported by the end of July 2016 in Morocco, which is close to the entire amount for 2015.


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