The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has spoken about the opening up of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) market to lamb exports from Ireland.
The agreement, which was reached after consultations between the Department, the Irish Embassy in the UAE and the UAE authorities has stregthened relations between the sides and has brought the domestic sheepmeet market into a new domain.
“While the bulk of Ireland’s sheepmeat is exported to the EU, there is increasing interest amongst the industry in exporting Irish sheepmeat to non-EU countries,” Minister Coveney said.
“The UAE has been identified by the industry as a priority market. I am delighted that we have succeeded in opening this market to Irish lamb and in providing Irish exporters with another potentially valuable market option. My department is committed to gaining increased market access opportunities globally for the export of Irish meat and is committed to ensuring that Irish operators have access to as many markets as possible worldwide.”
He went on to say that while it was clear that trade patterns functioned by market dynamics, close consultation with the international agri-sector was also necessary to open up domestic markets to new possibilities.
“While ultimately the pattern of trade is a function of commercial choice and based on market dynamics, I have, as a matter of principal, and in close consultation with industry, been determined to provide Irish exporters with alternative markets when commercial opportunities arise,” Minister Coveney added.
“This approach frequently requires intensive consultation at technical and diplomatic level, and ultimately the decision to permit access to markets rests with the veterinary authorities in the receiving country. However, this kind of engagement at political, technical and diplomatic levels, increases the profile of Ireland in target markets and enhances the reputation of Ireland as a source of high quality food worldwide.”