Published on Friday21stApril2017

Creed hosts Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam

20170421 Vietnamese Agriculture Minister

Pictured at the Vietnamese delegations visit to a farm at Mounrivers, Fermoy, Co. Cork are Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food & The Marine, Hoang Van Thang, Deputy Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development, Vietnam, Clement & Eileen Twomey, host farmers & Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at DAFM

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed together with the Minister of State Andrew Doyle today held discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Trinh Dinh Dung, during his visit to Ireland. The meeting followed on from a major Irish agri-food trade mission to Vietnam last September, and focussed on collaboration between both countries in the area of trade, agriculture and food.

Minister Creed said:

Trade between Ireland and Vietnam continues to grow across many different sectors of the economy, especially agri-food. I was delighted to have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with a country that is a significant net importer of food. We are very aware of the challenges Vietnam is facing in modernising its economy and specifically in the agriculture sector. We remain committed to working with Vietnam assisting in their economic development in any way we can. We think that Ireland can bring particular assistance to Vietnam on the development of sustainable agriculture, but also that we can be an important source of high quality food products for its growing population.

Earlier today, both Ministers hosted the visiting delegation on a dairy farm in Fermoy Co. Cork, before visiting the Teagasc centre in nearby Moorepark. The farm is owned by Clement and Eileen Twomey who supply Dairygold from their 120 cow farm, which slopes down to the banks of the Blackwater.