Moroccan Ambassador Lahcen Mahraoui and Minister for Agriculture Hamou Ouheli, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Photo: Arthur Carron

Ireland and Morocco’s deep rooted agricultural heritages makes them “a perfect match” for boosting trade relations, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official has said.

This week a trade delegation from Morocco, headed by Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture Hamou Ouheli, visited a number of State bodies in the capital.

The visit follows a successful trade mission to Morocco, led by minister Michael Creed in November.

The group, including senior government officials, farmers and leading representatives of Morocco’s agri-food industry, held high-level talks with Bord Bia, Teagasc and Enterprise Ireland on future opportunities. According to Bord Bia, trade of Irish food and drink to Morocco was valued at €15.6m in 2016, an increase of 20pc on 2015.

Exports to the market are driven almost solely by the dairy category (98pc).

By Claire McCormack

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