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McIlveen vows to boost trade with China after agri-food mission

Stormont's Agriculture Minister has vowed to help boost trade links with China.

Michelle McIlveen made the comments after a week long agri-food trade mission to Beijing, Yangling, Xi'an and Shanghai.

She said: "There is no doubt that the Chinese market represents a major opportunity for local producers, many of whom are already doing significant business in China.

"I am committed to doing whatever I can to help boost existing trade links and establish new ones for Northern Ireland companies."

The minister's engagements included addressing the opening ceremony of the major Food Hotel China exhibition and hosting private meetings with Chinese officials.

Miss McIlveen added: "It has been clear to me from the formal and informal meetings I have had over the past week that the Chinese regard our produce, with its traceability and unique provenance, very highly.

"I am confident that my visit has helped to boost Northern Ireland's image in China and I look forward to the local agri-food sector continuing to build on its success here to date."

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