‘Need to give equal attention to live exports of sheep.’
Sligo News File Online.
The struggling agriculture industry has welcomed the opening of the Iranian market for Irish sheep meat exports.
ICSA sheep committee chairman, John Brooks said, “Every extra market is a help, and we welcome the potential that a country of over 80 million people offers.”
But he stressed that liaison with the Iranian banking sector was essential to the success of the market
He said, “…it is vital that the Irish banking sector co-operates with the Iranian banking sector to ensure that business can be transacted.”
Commenting on a meeting with the Department last week, arranged “to press the case for more markets for sheep meat exports,” he said the ICSA also emphasised “the need to give equal attention to live exports of sheep.
He said the ICSA also looked for a reduction in the bureaucracy around live exports “and argued strongly that live exports were vital to bringing competition to the market. Also, live exports help ensure that we maximise opportunities to supply.”