Sinn Féin spokesperson for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Kenny TD has welcomed the news today that the Chinese market has been opened to Irish beef from three factories, with five more to follow.
In total there are 25 plants throughout Ireland that have sought access to the market.
Ireland's agri-food exports to China have increased about five-fold from around 200 million euros ($247.73 million) in 2010 to almost $1.24 billion previous year, which Creed said, "has been a remarkable achievement and underlines the importance of the Chinese market". Dairy exports reached €667 million while pig meat sales were more than € 100 million in 2017. The importance of the beef sector to the Irish Agri-food economy can not be underestimated and it is a sector which must be supported develop its benefit to the primary producer.
In January, China said it would lift its ban on British beef but farmers may have to wait years before receiving regulatory approval from Beijing; it took three years from lifting the ban on Irish beef for China to approve imports.
In February, ABP signed a €50 million deal to supply beef to the restaurant chain Wowprime in self-ruled Taiwan, as well as the Chinese mainland.
Ireland is to be first European Union country to export beef to China, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced.
Trade growth between Ireland and China clocked up a bigger percentage growth than with any other country previous year, at 37 per cent.
Kildare Chilling has been listed as a potential beef exporter to China as part of this morning's agreement that the Chinese market has been opened to Irish beef.
They said an average annual increase of just 1kg per capita equates to an additional 1.38 million tonnes of beef per annum, and by 2020, it is estimated Chinese consumers will eat close to 9 million tonnes of beef. I will lead a trade mission to China next month to further build on our trade relationships and continue our dialogue with the Chinese government. While average per capita beef consumption in China is still low at 4kg, compared to 19kg in Ireland, the market for premium imported beef is on the rise.
The department will complete the final technicalities to allow trade to begin in the coming weeks.