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Creed Visits Agadir Region of Morocco on Day 2 of North Africa Trade Mission

Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today led a delegation of Irish agri-food exporters to the Agadir region of Morocco on the second day of his trade mission to North Africa.

The visit to the Agadir region followed a successful previous day which included a number of high level events concluding in Casablanca with a business networking event hosted by the Minister bringing together Irish exporters and Moroccan importers and business people.

Speaking from Agadir, the Minister said “this visit is very much about raising the profile of Ireland as a source for safe, secure and sustainably produced food. We had a number of successful political and commercial engagements in both Rabat and Casablanca yesterday which have reinforced to both the travelling Irish companies and I the potential that exists for deepening the Irish-Moroccan collaboration on agri-food. Today we are in Agadir to further explore opportunities for Irish companies on this mission”

The visit to Agadir commenced with meetings and a visit to the headquarters of COPAG, one of the largest dairy co-operatives in the country. COPAG’s business model includes importing dairy heifers and selling them to farmers and in previous years they have imported Irish cattle. They are also now expanding into both feed and meat production with some branded products on the market.

Commenting on the meeting, the Minister said “today was about strengthening business relations between Irish companies and COPAG and there’s significant scope for doing this in the dairy, meat and live export sectors. They highlighted to me that their previous experience of importing live cattle from Ireland had been extremely positive particularly in terms of productivity of the dairy cattle imported. I was delighted to be able to expand on the story of our world class genetics and breeding operations in Ireland and how Ireland is the natural home of high quality cattle and dairy products”.

The Minister also had a series of political meetings in the Agadir region with Ms. Zineb El Adaoui who is the direct representative of the King, His Majesty Mohammed VI and with the President of the Region of Souss Massa Mr. Brahim El Hafidi. The meetings were aimed at fostering relations between Ireland and Morocco at the highest level. Both meetings presented an opportunity to deepen political relations with Morocco and develop export opportunities for Irish dairy and livestock into Morocco.

Attention now turns to concluding events in Casablanca on Saturday morning before senior officials from the Department together with State Agencies and Irish companies continue with the trade mission to Algeria.

 Note for editors: 

  • Agri-food exports from Ireland to Morocco last year continued their steady growth. They have now almost doubled from around €8 million in 2013 to almost €14.5 million in 2015.
  • In 2015 almost €13 million or 3,650 tonnes of dairy produce was exported. 2016 is also looking to be a very positive year so far. By the end of July, a greater volume of diary produce (4,300 tonnes) had been exported than in the whole of 2015.
  • Almost €13 million in agri-food products had been exported by the end of July in Morocco, which is close to the entire amount for 2015. This reflects the strong and growing strategic partnerships being built between Moroccan and Irish food companies.

View this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 152/2016 (pdf 343Kb) 

Date Released: 04 November 2016