Agriculture Minister welcomes Chinese delegation to Stormont

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen has welcomed a delegation from China's Jiangxi Province to Stormont.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 11:02 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 1:54 pm
Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen welcomed a delegation from Chinas Jiangxi Province to Stormont. The delegation  which includes agricultural officials and food company executives  is in Northern Ireland to learn about the agri-food industry and livestock production in particular. The Minister is pictured with Mr Hu Hanping, director General of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department, who is leading the delegation, and Madam Wang Shuying, Chinese Consul-General in Belfast.
Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen welcomed a delegation from Chinas Jiangxi Province to Stormont. The delegation  which includes agricultural officials and food company executives  is in Northern Ireland to learn about the agri-food industry and livestock production in particular. The Minister is pictured with Mr Hu Hanping, director General of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department, who is leading the delegation, and Madam Wang Shuying, Chinese Consul-General in Belfast.

The delegation, led by Mr Hu Hangping, Director General of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department, is visiting Northern Ireland to learn about the agri-food industry with a particular interest in livestock production.

This high-level group, made up of five Departmental representatives and three food company executives, met with the Minister as part of an itinerary which included a visit to Moy Park and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI).

DAERA Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Mr Hu and his delegation from Jiangxi Province, one of China’s key agricultural regions. They are in Northern Ireland to find out more about our livestock production and what they will see is a sector which is setting the standard internationally from research and development in animal production and food safety through to high quality safe, innovative food products.

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen welcomed a delegation from Chinas Jiangxi Province to Stormont. The delegation are in Northern Ireland to learn about the agri-food industry and livestock production in particular. The Minister is pictured beside Mr Hu Hanping, director General of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department, who is leading the delegation, and Madam Wang Shuying, Chinese Consul-General in Belfast. Making up the delegation are officials: Mr Luo Qingping, Division Chief of Market and Foreign Affairs Division of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department; Mr Chen Zhihong, Deputy Director of State Agribusiness Bureau of Jiangxi province; Mr Cheng Jin, Division Chief of Planning and Finance Division of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department; and Mr Zheng Min, Chief of Jiangxi provincial Cereals Oil Administration

“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 Jiangxi are important to us as they return to China to share the story of our world renowned agri-food industry.

“I am committed to developing opportunities with China for the NI agri-food industry and working to enhance relationships. There is a lot of good work already taking place and we continue to explore areas of mutual benefit.

“Today, I welcome Mr Hu and our other guests to Parliament Buildings. I trust the delegation’s visit to Northern Ireland will be productive, informative and enjoyable.”

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Michelle McIlveen welcomed a delegation from Chinas Jiangxi Province to Stormont. The delegation are in Northern Ireland to learn about the agri-food industry and livestock production in particular. The Minister is pictured beside Mr Hu Hanping, director General of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department, who is leading the delegation, and Madam Wang Shuying, Chinese Consul-General in Belfast. Making up the delegation are officials: Mr Luo Qingping, Division Chief of Market and Foreign Affairs Division of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department; Mr Chen Zhihong, Deputy Director of State Agribusiness Bureau of Jiangxi province; Mr Cheng Jin, Division Chief of Planning and Finance Division of Jiangxi Provincial Agricultural Department; and Mr Zheng Min, Chief of Jiangxi provincial Cereals Oil Administration