Pig sector exports to China are top 2016 priority for NI minister

The Northern Ireland government is working closely with pork processors to get exports moving to China as soon as possible in 2016, according to a “supportive” New Year message issued by the country’s agriculture and rural development minister, Michelle O’Neill (pictured above).

“During my time as minister, I have visited China on three occasions and hosted two inward inspections (in 2015) from Chinese officials because we knew the potential benefits of removing barriers to this lucrative marketplace,” she said.

“While there is still work to do, my officials are working closely with two pork processors to ensure this work is progressed swiftly and business can get going.”

The minister also promised to continue to make progress with international market access negotiations in-line with industry priorities, adding that she anticipated a “very positive” start to 2016 with regard to agri-exports.

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