Bord Bia sees widespread opportunity for Irish farmers stemming from the newly announced market access to Qatar for boneless beef, sheepmeat, and poultry.
According to Caroline Corr of Bord Bia’s Dubai office, Qatar’s economic prospects which depend on gas and oil export earnings appear solid, and the staging of the 2022 soccer World Cup there will provide a boost.
There is little food production of any sort in Qatar, so the Qatari market is overwhelmingly supplied by imports. The 2017 import spend on meat (live trade included) came to €454m.
This included about 42% poultry, 21% sheepmeat, 22% live sheep, 8.4% fresh beef, and 7% frozen beef.
Recent years have seen strong growth in the market’s demand for beef as well as sheepmeat, and for higher valued lamb cuts such as rack, rump, boneless loin and shortloin, as well as shank