Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently hosted a delegation from China’s Jiangxi Province which was interested in learning more about Northern Ireland’s agri-food industry with a particular interest in livestock and poultry production.

The group of Chinese visitors, led by Hu Hangping, director general of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Deparment, consisted of five departmental representatives and three food company executives.

During the mission, the delegation was hosted by DAERA Minister Michelle McIlveen, and visited the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Moy Park, the largest poultry meat producer in Northern Ireland.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Mr. Hu and his delegation from Jiangxi Province, one of China’s key agricultural regions,” said McIlveen.

McIlveen added that the delegation saw a sector that sets the standard internationally from research and development in animal production and food safety through high quality, safe and innovative food products.

“We are continuing to build our relationships with China at all levels and I thank Madam Wang, Consul General, for her continued support to our agri-food industry through inward visits such as this one. Our visitors from Jianxi are important to us as they return to China to share the story of our world-renowned agri-food industry," said McIlveen.