NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Beef and pork from Northern Ireland will soon be sampled by consumers in India and Canada after new international markets were opened to the products.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill stated: "I am delighted that our agri-food industry has began trading with two of the vital new markets we established in 2015.
"Firstly we secured agreement with the Indian authorities to export our high quality pork and I was pleased to note that the first shipment arrived in port at the end of December. Our beef sector is also preparing to trade with the newly opened Canadian market.
"India is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world while accessing the established Canadian market is of great importance to our beef exporters."
She continued: "Entering these new important markets marks a great start to exports in 2016. I am delighted that industry is taking advantage of these important opportunities we have been able to secure. I anticipate that this trend will continue and I expect further uplifts in exports when final approval to export pork to China is secured."
The minister added that the department is working closely with the industry to ensure readiness for inward inspections to access the US and Philippine markets for beef and Australia for pork.
"I am also hoping that negotiations will advance this year on extending our export agreements with China to cover poultry meat and beef," she said.
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