August 15, 2018
Sales of first consignment of Northern Irish beef in Philippines begin
The sales of the first consignment of beef from Northern Ireland have begun in the Philippines, The Irish Times reported.
The development came a year after Filipino authorities announced that they would resume beef exports from the UK.
"We have been working in partnership with Defra (UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the industry to identify new markets and opportunities for our local meat sector," said Dr. Perpetua McNamee, the deputy chief veterinary officer of Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera).
"This process began in 2015 and it is welcoming to note that the Filipino people will now have the opportunity to sample the fine quality beef produced by our farmers."
She also welcomed that the pork industry in the north will now have access to Taiwan after Taiwanese authorities agreed to accept pork imports from the UK for the first time.
"This market is of particular significance to the pork industry because it will provide opportunities for pork processors to export much of the less marketed 'fifth quarter' products which have a limited outlet more locally," she said.
"Gaining access to the Philippines and Taiwanese markets is further recognition of the rigorous standards we have in place to produce our high-quality, safe and wholesome meat."
Defra forecasts that additional trade to these new markets may be worth GBP34 million (US$43.2 million) and GBP50 million (US$63.6 million) respectively to the UK's beef and pork industries over the next five years.
- The Irish News