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Friday 19 January 2018

Politicians must renew efforts on beef exports: MII

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney

Politicians have been urged to prioritise efforts to gain access for manufacturing beef into the US and for full beef trade with China, writes Louise Hogan.

There is good potential for beef exports in the short to medium term in the new markets, said Cormac Healy, from Meat Industry Ireland (MII). "Right across EU markets, a combination of strong supplies and weaker demand, together with increasing pressure to favour domestic product, particularly in the UK and France, has created a more challenging trading environment for Irish exporters," he said.

"This emphasises again the absolute imperative of having a range of international markets available for Irish exports."

The body representing factories urged Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to intensify negotiations to bring about full access for Irish beef to the markets.

Mr Healy said there were indications negotiations on an EU trade deal with Mercosur may intensive in the coming weeks with the prospect of a new EU offer.

"No deal is better than a bad deal," he said, adding increased volumes of imports from Brazil and Argentina would be damaging to the agri-food sector.

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