Irish farm minister celebrates new export opportunity

The conclusion of an agreement that allows Irish pigmeat to be exported to the Philippines has been welcomed by the country’s Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney.

“It is vital that Irish companies have access to as many markets worldwide as possible and my Department and I will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Bord Bia to this end,” the minister said.

The agreement, which also includes opportunities for beef and lamb exporters, is a timely business boost, given the current fall-out from Russia’s new imports ban.

The Philippines agreement runs until August 23, 2015, giving export accreditation to a total of 39 Irish pig processing units, alongside 43 beef and 29 sheep processing establishments.  

Minister Coveney highlighted the fact that the Philippines was a key market in South East Asia, offering good prospects for Irish meat exports, both immediate and longer-term. He also said there was “every reason” to hope that the decision of the Filipino authorities would have a positive effect on Ireland’s efforts to gain access to other markets in the region.

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