US market entry great news for Irish agriculture
Clare Senator Tony Mulcahy has described the news that Ireland has become the first EU State in 15 years to obtain beef access to the lucrative US market as "hugely positive news" for Irish agriculture.
The announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney today (Monday, 5 January 2014) following a successful inspection by the US authorities of Ireland’s beef production systems in July of last year.
Senator Mulcahy stated: "This breakthrough comes after two years of diplomatic efforts, which indicates how hard it is to find new markets. While a huge deal of credit must go to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for its work in obtaining US approval, I am also mindful of the many years of hard work invested by Irish beef farmers in proving their credentials as suppliers of the highest quality premium beef."
"There is growing international recognition of the quality of beef being produced in this country as exemplified by the opening of beef trade links with Japan, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in recent years. It’s a great time to be getting into the US market, because for the first time the price of beef there is as high as the price of beef in Europe," he concluded.