‘Chinese visit an opportunity to secure exports deal’ – Ritchie

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has called on the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, to use President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK to settle the matter of British and Irish lamb and pork product exports to China. Margaret RitchieRitchie, a member of the EFRA committee, said, “Secretary Truss’ department is the competent trade authority for Exports of Farm products and holds responsibility for the exports of lamb and pork products for the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland. “Whilst the inspections have taken place, there is has been no update on further progress. Secretary Truss must seize this opportunity to get approval of the export of these products to China. She added, “A great deal of Northern Ireland’s agricultural produce is exported and the Secretary of State must use this opportunity to open up a new market for farmers across the North and in the UK.”
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