SRUC showcases green innovation during Ministerial visit

Scotland’s Business Minister Ivan McKee (front centre) on a visit to SRUC Barony.


The role of cutting-edge green innovation in the natural economy has been showcased to Scotland’s Business Minister during a visit to Dumfries and Galloway.

In a tour of the SRUC Barony Campus, Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, was given an update on the Digital Dairy Chain, which was officially launched earlier this summer.

At the Barony Dairy Unit, Professor Richard Dewhurst explained how the £21 million project, funded by the UK Government, would create jobs and boost the economy of South-West Scotland and Cumbria, while Rachael Wakefield from Censis, one of the project partners, demonstrated the company’s advanced sensor technology.

In a tour organised by South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), the Minister was also given the lowdown on the Dairy Nexus, a planned £8 million facility jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, which aims to decarbonise the dairy industry.

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, and Professor Nick Sparks, Dean of the South and West Faculty, also explained how Forestry and associated courses at SRUC are playing a crucial role in filling the skills gap.

Following his visit, Mr McKee said: “It’s great to see SRUC’s Barony Campus leading the way for innovation and collaboration in advanced, sustainable dairy production and processing, supporting and enabling the industry to improve sustainability and reduce emissions.

“The Scottish Government’s Borderlands Deal supports the Barony Campus’ ambition to be a world-renowned centre for low carbon innovation ensuring Scotland transitions its society and economy towards a net zero future, with all regions achieving their potential.”

Prof Powell added: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to Barony at a hugely exciting and transformational time for our South and West Faculty and, indeed, for SRUC as a whole. Innovation is vital if Scotland is to meet targets on net zero and job creation, and projects like the Digital Dairy Chain and Dairy Nexus are outstanding examples of how SRUC is helping to lead the way in the green economic recovery.”

Posted by SRUC on 09/08/2022

Tags: Barony, Dairy
Categories: Natural Economy