Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill welcomed improved export conditions for beef and pork to South Africa.
“I am pleased that we have been able to secure better trading conditions for our high quality beef and pork exports. The renegotiation of export conditions to remove clauses which limited the economic value of these lucrative markets for our industry is good news. Our industry sources animals from across Ireland and need export markets which accepts meat from all animals processed here. Indeed increasing export performance for our local beef and pork products is a key goal in the Going for Growth strategy.”
Pork and beef exports had been limited by a clause of origin which only permitted the export of meat sourced from animals born in the north. The renegotiations have opened these markets to meat from animals sourced from across the island of Ireland. This is important given our processors frequently source animals from the south.
The Minister concluded:
“The renegotiation of the South African beef market could generate between £5million to £10million annually for our industry. Our pork industry will also significantly benefit from the renegotiation of the South African market. I hope to continue to build on the recent successes in growing export markets and I will ensure we work with industry to ensure we avail of every new opportunity.”