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Premier Li Keqiang, Irish PM tour dairy farm in Co. Mayo, Ireland


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his wife Prof. Cheng Hong visited Garvey's Farm in Co. Mayo, Ireland together with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Mrs. Fionnuala Kenny on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 May 2015 local time.

Kenny joined Premier Li at the entrance of the traditional Irish dairy farm, which covers an area of 107 hectares and has been operated by the Garvey family for more than 250 years.

Premier Li viewed herds of Holstein/Friesian dairy cows and listened to the farmer and the Prime Minister talk about approaches to crop cultivation, agro-processing and quality control.

The owner of the farm Mr. Cathal Garvey welcomed the Premier with home-made bread, cheese and milk.

Premier Li said that the agriculture and animal husbandry of Ireland are well developed, with high standards of services and advanced management technology.

China, as a major agricultural country, is transforming its agricultural development mode and advancing its modernization. Chinese people are expecting more, healthier and safer food and agricultural products, Premier Li said.

Saying China has been the fastest-growing destination for Irish food exports, the Premier is seeking further cooperation in the agricultural sector with Ireland.

Thanks to the efforts of such Irish Government agencies as Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland, Premier Li and Prof. Cheng were also able to enjoy a live performance on the farm of traditional Irish music and dance.

Also in attendance during the farm visit were Chinese Minister of Agriculture Mr. Han Changfu and his Irish counterpart Mr. Simon Coveney as well as Mr. Garvey's parents and six children.  

Source: http://english.gov.cn/premier/photos/2015/05/18/content_281475109521607.htm


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