O’Neill welcomes export potential from Chinese visit

Minister Michelle O'Neill
Minister Michelle O'Neill

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the arrival of a Chinese delegation to thge province next week which could clear the way for greater pork exports from Northern Ireland to the massive Chinese domestic market.

The Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) are visiting to assess pork processing premises for their suitability to export.

“A successful inspection is an important final step in securing approval for our industry to export pork to China,” said Ms O’Neill.

“This inspection by the CNCA follows an audit of our processors by a separate team of Chinese inspectors earlier this month to approve the north and Britain to export trotters. Being able to export such fifth quarter, in addition to our high quality pork, is important for our industry as it will provide a valuable market for those parts of the animal which would not usually be consumed by the domestic market.”

Previous visits to China by the Minisyter and officials had been geared toward progressing these important trade negotiations.

“Having met with [members of] the industry on a number of occasions, I am acutely aware how important accessing the lucrative Chinese market is to assisting them in achieving their ambitious growth targets.”