Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed ended a trade mission to Asia this Friday with a meeting with Soth Korean vice-minister for agriculture, food and rural affairs Lee Jae-Ouk on market access for Irish beef.

"On beef access, Ireland is now at step five of an eight-step process in Republic of Korea, and a vote in the Korean parliament will be required before we can proceed to the next step," Minister Creed said.

"I have used the opportunity of today’s meeting with vice-minister Lee, and a technical meeting between my officials and the ministry for food and drug safety, to advance the case for Irish beef access and to clarify the issues involved."

Dairy, beef and pork seminars

Members of the Irish trade mission to South Korea also took part in a Bord Bia dairy seminar and an EU-funded beef and pork seminar for the industry in Seoul.

Travelling with the delegation, Irish Farmers Journal beef editor Adam Woods visited the Majang meat market in Seoul, one of the largest in the world, illustrating the potential of South Korea for exports.

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