Agri-sector trade mission to Asia begins

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed

A week-long trade mission aimed at boosting exports of Irish agri-food and fishery products to Asia began yesterday.

It will cover four countries — China, Singapore, Vietnam, and Korea — over eight days, with a total of more than 70 key engagements.

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed departed for China and Singapore last night while Minister of State Andrew Doyle travelled to Vietnam on Saturday, before moving on to Korea.

The ministers are accompanied by some 30 Irish agri-food and fisheries companies who hope to grow business in a region of potential growth. 

Twelve non-food and agritech client companies of Enterprise Ireland are also participating on the trade mission. 

Mr Creed said Asia is already a key driver of Irish food exports in recent years, increasing threefold since 2010 to reach €954m last year.

“Exports to China, alone, grew by 16% in 2015, maintaining its position as our fifth most important market and our second largest for dairy and pork,” said Mr Creed.

“Diversification of markets is a key goal of this strategy and Asia represents one of our major potential growth areas.”


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