Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Martin Heydon, will lead part of a Bord Bia trade mission to Mexico focused on new opportunities for the Irish pig sector.
Talk to Agriland Commenting on the mission which will take place next week (April 25), Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said focusing on developing a potential market for the pig industry in the country will be a key part of the operation.
“It is going to be an important aspect. What we have seen recently in the pork sector is the result of unique circumstances with reduced demand, particularly in China, coupled with the impact of the conflict in Ukraine and the grain supply chain,” he said. declared.
The minister reiterated that there is already a strong market for Irish pork, but the department and Bord Bia want to strengthen and develop it further:
“Mexico is one of those emerging markets, so we hope to use the coming week to move forward and build relationships there that will open up more markets.”
He added that he hopes market trends will begin to reflect the significant cost challenges pig farmers are currently facing, and said he is aware of the importance of supporting them at this time:
“It’s a very sustainable part of our agribusiness, the third largest sector, and we want to make sure it stays that way.”
American trade mission
While Minister Heydon is in Mexico, Minister McConalogue will travel to the United States, visiting Chicago; Illinois; and Ohio, to identify new markets for Irish food and dairy products, as well as the beverage sector.
This trade mission follows another to the United Arab Emirates, Dubai and Saudi Arabia six weeks ago. Minister McConalogue said good progress has been made on this operation and hopes for similar results from next week.
“The United States and Mexico are really markets with more potential and that’s what we really want to do. Hopefully next week we will truly engage with customers and seek to develop them further. We want to open them up and develop relationships,” the minister concluded.