Ireland's farmers look to China

 
 

A view of the rural coastline of Donegal. Photo credit - Pixabay

 

Ireland's farmers are increasingly focusing their export attention towards China.

 

That's according to specialist publication AgriLand, who report that there are growing concerns amongst farmers about the impact that Brexit will have on their business.

Currently, business with the United Kingdom makes-up a large percentage of the exports of Irish farms, particularly when it comes to exports.

There's now a question mark over the future of those exports, which could be halted by red-tape, tariffs, or a resurgence of interest in British meat amongst UK consumers.

However, there's hope that growing food exports from Ireland to China could help to solve the problem.

The news follows our report from March, in which we revealed that Irish beef is set to be promoted in China thanks to a multi-million pound investment from the European Union and the Irish Food Board.

Bord Bia - as the Irish Food Board is officially known - has recognised that the growing demand for quality meat amongst Chinese consumers makes the country an excellent market for potential growth.

With that in mind, it will spend €3.75 million over three years on promoting Irish beef and lamb across Asia, but with a particular focus on China from its regional headquarters in Shanghai.

Ireland exported 70,000 tonnes of pigmeat to China last year, and 1,500 tonnes of beef. 





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