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Milk is big business

DAIRY is big business in the south west, with an estimated 48pc of milk producers located here. Now the sector is to benefit from a high-tech innovation scheme to boost skills and efficiency. The Digital Dairy Value-Chain will combine digital communications with advanced manufacturing to help create a more modern, efficient, resilient dairy industry here and in and Cumbria. It's part of a UK Government investment to help drive economic growth, provide skills training and create high-value jobs. A total of 17 projects across the UK will receive £50,000 each to power up the country's economic recovery through research and development. Three in Scotland are: The Digital Dairy Value-Chain will led by Scotland's Rural College; HotScot, ed by the University of Strathclyde to extract low cost, low carbon heat from old flooded mines around Glasgow; the Centre for Regulated Bio-Manufacture. Led by Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University, the project aims to establish an advanced therapies, biologics and manufacturing cluster in the Lothian region; and They are receiving initial funding through UK Research and Innovation's flagship Strength in Places Fund. The 17 proposals could help the UK to respond to some of the world's most pressing challenges – from climate change to the production of medicines. If the early stages of development are successful, each project will be able to apply for a further investment of £10-50 million early next year. Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “We are backing our innovators and with the support they need to turn great ideas into first-class industries, products and technologies. “I am delighted we are helping to kick start plans for three pioneering research projects across Edinburgh, Glasgow and South West Scotland which will build on local strengths, helping to create jobs, while developing new skillsets and increased productivity across the country.” UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “As we recover from the impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to inspire the next generation of innovators. “This search for knowledge and technological progression will vastly improve lives and I am delighted a number of Scottish projects are benefiting from this very valuable UK Government investment with the prospect of many more millions of pounds to follow if their early stages of development are successful.” The Scottish Rural College was created by the merging of Barony, Elmwood and Oakridge colleges in 2012. They hope the Digital Dairy Value-Chain will combine digital communications with advanced manufacturing to help create a more modern, efficient, resilient dairy industry. It will provide dairy farmers in South West Scotland and Cumbria with access to innovative technologies and data, helping them improve their milk production and processing. The project will also seek to provide industry focused training for dairy farmers in remote rural regions, accelerating their digital business skills, and helping to increase the productivity of their farms and business models. Image may contain: drink

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