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Food Industry

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 13 March 2012

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Ceisteanna (443)

Seamus Kirk


497 Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has any initiative planned to tackle import substitution for food products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13995/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Food products trade freely within the Single Market of the European Union and import substitution measures are not permitted under EU law. Over 80% of Irish agricultural production is exported. The Single Market arrangement ensures access to our most important markets within the EU and contributed to the 25% increase in the value of exports achieved in the past two years. This is an important step towards achieving the ambitious growth targets in the Food Harvest 2020 Report.