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UFU welcomes go-ahead for pork products to be exported to China

Norman Robson, chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says getting the green light to start the export of pork products to China is a huge boost for the pig industry. The announcement comes after a successful drive over a number of years from farmers and processors to open up one of the world’s biggest pork markets to products from Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the decision, Ulster Farmers’ Union Pork and Bacon chairman Norman Robson says, “We are delighted to have secured this latest market for Northern Ireland pork. This is a significant step and stands to have a large positive impact on the whole of the pork supply chain. It is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to be able to tap into one of the world’s largest markets. This news bears testament to the high production standards and reputation of Northern Ireland’s pork production.”

China is already the UK’s biggest customer outside the European Union. Mr Robson says, “The Chinese market has the potential to offer significant long-term demands for pork products and should boost returns for processors. Farmers will now look forward to seeing this added value distributed fairly along the supply chain.”

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