Libya is set to lift its 16-year ban on importing beef from Ireland and other EU countries, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.
The Minister said he is optimistic that official confirmation of this will be received imminently.
He said the progress reflects intensive efforts over many years at political, diplomatic and technical level and represented the continuing improvement in relations between Libya and the EU.
In addition, he said, it recognises the quality and safety of Irish and EU beef.
“This is a very exciting time for Irish agriculture and food,” said Minister Coveney. “My visit to China last week was tangible evidence of the fact that there is unlimited potential in the global market place for Irish food exports.
“We are seen globally as a serious producer of high quality food and as a centre of excellence in terms of food safety, sustainable production systems, animal breeding and genetics.
“I remain committed to working to ensure that Irish producers have access to as many world markets as possible. With this in mind, my Department will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Bord Bia to develop and expand our agri-food exports.”