Hopes Mexico pork deal can boost local farmers

There’s a hope a deal struck between Ireland and Mexico will boost the local pig sector.

It was announced yesterday that five Irish processing plants have been approved to supply pork to the South American country.

The sector has suffered in recent months due to a lack of demand as pubs and restaurants have closed during the pandemic.

The news was released yesterday by the Department of Agriculture, however it hasn’t released the locations of the approved plants.

Officials from Mexico, which is the world’s third largest importer of pork, inspected plants on a visit to Ireland in 2018.

IFA Chair in Monaghan and pig farmer Frank Brady says he hopes the news will bring a boost for local farmers: