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Minister Smith welcomes the resumption of trade in breeding pigs to South Korea

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today welcomed the agreement which has been reached with the South Korean authorities to resume trade in breeding pigs from Ireland to South Korea.

This is a niche destination with potential for a limited import requirement annually of high value, specific genetic category breeding pigs.

The Minister said that "This agreement represents the conclusion of a considerable amount of work over a long period between officials of my Department and the Irish Embassy in Seoul, all of whom contributed very significantly to the re-opening of trade to this high value market".

He also expressed his appreciation of "the constructive engagement on the part of the South Korean authorities during the approval process", which culminated in an inspection mission two years ago to evaluate the controls in place in Ireland.

New market opportunities have also recently been developed for exports of live breeding pigs to destinations such as Japan and China and follows on the recent resumption of the trade in Irish pigmeat to China, where there is an immediate potential for €20 million in export earnings.

Date Released: 30 June 2010