March 27, 2019

Irish beef exports to Chinese market approved

17 April 2018, 05:15 | Anna Jefferson

Irish beef is heading to the Chinese market for the first time in 18 years

Leitrim TD Martin Kenny welcomes Chinese beef deal

In January, China said it would lift its ban on British beef but farmers may have to wait years before receiving regulatory approval from Beijing; it took three years from lifting the ban on Irish beef for China to approve imports.

Despite this, our exports to China were worth nearly a billion Euro past year and Minister Creed says this move will give farmers access to the biggest market on the planet.

"I look forward to seeing another five factories being approved by the Chinese authorities and I wish those involved in that process every success".

In a statement released this morning, Creed said: "The opening of this key market presents an excellent opportunity for the Irish beef sector, from farmers through to processors, in line with the market development theme of our Food Wise strategy".

"Primarily it's a triumph for our beef farmers because they're producing quality", Minister Creed told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

Trade growth between Ireland and China clocked up a bigger percentage growth than with any other country previous year, at 37 per cent.

Continuing, Minister Creed explained that the push to gain market access to China was part of his department's Brexit strategy given that over 50% - or in excess of 250,000t - of Irish beef exports go into the United Kingdom market.

However, farm lobby groups say it must deliver monies to farmers on the ground, as beef farmers struggle with low incomes.

CHINA has made the decision to open its markets to Irish beef following years of unsuccessful negotiations.

Minister Creed will lead a trade mission to China next month to further built trade relationships with Ireland and continue dialogue with the Chinese government.

China has seen fourfold increase in demand for meat over the last 30 years, and the country now consumes one quarter of the world's meat supply.

Average Chinese beef consumption per capita is 4kg, compared to 19kg in Ireland, so there is potential for expansion.

"In addition to this first tranche of approvals, I am hopeful that a number of other Irish beef plants will not be too far behind", he added. Overall beef imports to China have increased from under 100,000 tonnes in 2012 to around 600,000 tonnes in 2016.

Other News

Trending Now

United suffer shock loss to West Brom, hand title to City
Manchester United are looking to secure a sixth consecutive Premier League victory, something they last achieved in January 2017. West Brom are the bottom team and that indicates how important and decisive the game will be for them; they need points.

Donaldson confronts umpire in heated Monte Carlo exchange
Then I felt great practising in Acapulco, playing very well, but then just the day before. Nadal has never been bounced in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters.

Pacers deal LeBron 1st-ever loss in playoff opener
IN led 28-10 before gaining a possession off of a series of missed LeBron James shots and sprinting out in transition. James finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his 20th playoff triple double and 98th double double.

Glasgow man flees police on foot
Hamilton Police arrested and charged a man after he refused to pull over for a traffic stop on Saturday. Officers say they got complaints that 38-year-old William Clarke had harassed people by Riverside Park.

Grafton couple killed in Coshocton County plane crash
Emergency crews have responded to an apparent plane crash in western Albemarle County near Crozet, WVAW reports. The DPS identified the victims as Clayton Sides, 25, of Dimmitt and Thomas Jacob Hefner, 25 of Bovina.

Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album
The paper deployed more than four dozen reporters and photographers for an intense dive into the drug's toll over one week. He described the prize as an "incredible honor" and said he was proud of the work "we all did at The Daily Progress".

Comey vs. Trump: Ultimate political smackdown has begun!
Comey writes that Trump is "ego-driven and about personal loyalty", going on to compare him to a mafia boss who demands loyalty. Comey did not provide further explanation or examples to back up his claim , and Stephanopoulos did not press him about it.

Barbara Bush in 'failing health
She will be made as comfortable as possible and the last I heard on a local Houston station was that former President George H.W. Both Barbara Bush and her husband, who live in Texas, have confronted numerous medical difficulties in recent years.

West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City
It looked as if it had paid off in some style when Hart spilled Xherdan Shaqiri's shot and Crouch turned home from close range. Then a low Edimilson Fernandes drive flew past Butland but Arnautovic, this time clearly offside, was in the keeper's way.

Trump's personal attorney also represents Fox News host Sean Hannity, lawyers reveal
After the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on Cohen's Office, Trump took Twitter to convey his dismay. Cohen believes that even revealing the name of this third client would violate attorney-client privilege.