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Minister Heydon to Lead Agri-food Trade Visit to China

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GOI

Martin Heydon, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for new market development, will lead trade engagements in China next week. The Minister will be promoting Irish food and drink across a range of sectors including dairy, beef, pork, seafood and spirit drinks as part of the first in-person agri-food trade visit to China since 2019.

Martin Heydon, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for new market development, will lead trade engagements in China next week. The Minister will be promoting Irish food and drink across a range of sectors including dairy, beef, pork, seafood and spirit drinks as part of the first in-person agri-food trade visit to China since 2019.

 

Minister Heydon commented:

 

“It is important for Ireland, as a leading exporter of quality, safe and sustainable food, to re-connect in person with high priority markets in Asia. China with its growing middle class is a key market. After the turbulence of recent years I look forward to engaging in person with leading Irish exporters and their Chinese customers, exploring with them the opportunities to develop further long-term trading partnerships.”

 

“In particular, I am looking forward to engaging with Bord Bia and Irish exporters on their plans to build on the reopening of beef market access to China at the start of January, the outcome of sustained efforts by my department with the support of the Beijing Embassy.”

 

According to CSO trade statistics, China was Ireland’s sixth most important destination for agri-food exports in 2022, with exports totalling approximately €722 million.

 

Dairy exports were the most important product category, at €463 million, followed by pigmeat exports valued at €125 million.