Aidan Cotter

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Chairman of Bord Bia  Michael Carey (left) and chief executive    Aidan Cotter, at the announcement of news that there was a 15 per cent increase in the export of dairy products and ingredients last year. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

It seems the only way is up for the dairy sector if the export figures released by Bord Bia yesterday are anything to go by. There was a 15 per cent i(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter said the food and drink sector’s performance in China was ’exceptional’. Photograph:
Gary O’Neill

China could soon be our second largest market for food and drink after the UK, Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter said yesterday. He was speaking a(...)

Bord Bia has announced the introduction of a quality assurance scheme for dairy farmers which it says will be the first national scheme of its type anywhere in the world.

Bord Bia has announced the introduction of a quality assurance scheme for dairy farmers which it says will be the first national scheme of its type an(...)

Sun shines over Toyko. Today, Japan’s urban population accounts for more than 90% of the total population and agriculture is only 1% of its economic activity. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The reopening of the Japanese market to Irish beef is a shot in the arm for the beef industry and comes after years of talks between the Department of(...)

Thierry Jarnet riding Treve (centre) crosses the finishing line to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe horse race at Longchamp, outside Paris, earlier this month.  There is a growing interest in Irish bloodstock in Qatar: Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of the Qatari royal family and Mubarak Al Naemi, chairman of the Qatar Owners’ and Breeders’ Association both invested in Irish stud farms recently. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Increasing links between the Irish and Qatari horse industries was discussed yesterday when Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney met Qatari business(...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter described the performance of Irish beef exports as “particularly striking, comprising a volume growth of almost 10 per cent and price growth of 5 per cent”

The value of food and drink exports increased by 8.6 per cent in the first six months of this year, led by a strong performance in beef exports, accor(...)

Visitors to Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, yesterday reflected in the pond of one of the show gardens.  Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins was in his element when he opened the Bloom gardening festival in the Phoenix Park in Dublin today. No flower was safe fro(...)

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