Where the Department hopes to promote Irish beef in 2017

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed. Picture: Arthur Carron
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed. Picture: Arthur Carron
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Planning for trade missions during 2017 has now commenced and beef market access will be a key component of any such missions.

The Department of Agriculture outlined regions for at least three possible trade missions in 2017, to delegates at the most recent beef forum.

Furthermore, the Department is in the process of reviewing its approach to market access and the resources allocated in accordance with new and emerging challenges and priorities such as Brexit and the potential for increased beef imports to the European Union.

On top of the list for Trade Missions next year is a trip to the Gulf States with the Department hinting at a trip to Gulf Foods in February.

Meanwhile, the Department also hinted at another trade mission to North America. It is understood the trip would centre around beef access in US and Canada, progressing lamb access to the US and to discuss beef access to Mexico.

The Department is also hoping to make progress in key markets in Asia and Africa next year. Of note it is hoping for progress in China, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand.

South Africa and live exports to North Africa were also outlined as markets where the Department hopes to make progress.

Minister Creed has said that as an exporting country, accessing new markets is crucial to the long-term sustainability of our agri-food sector, especially in the beef sector.

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"For beef exports, 2015 was a very successful year. According to the CSO, overall exports of beef totalled some €2.2 billion that year. Beef exports to the end of September 2016 are running at €1.65 billion," he said.

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