University College Dublin (UCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese dairy producer Dairy United, resulting in multi-million euro contracts.
The MOU envisages the development of a China-Ireland Agricultural demonstration farm in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), collaborative research projects, the provision of education and training services, and collaboration on creating a trade corridor to facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region.
UCD will be collaborating with several Irish agricultural equipment and services companies to deliver an integrated package of education and training, research, services, and technology to Dairy United.
“This partnership came about because of Ireland’s global reputation in dairy production and the ability of UCD and Irish agri-service companies to offer a complete solution, incorporating education, training, agricultural products, and services, that meet Dairy United requirements and will form the basis of a long-term relationship,” said UCD dean of agriculture and Food Science Professor Alex Evans.
As part of the MOU, UCD will undertake a series of research projects in Ireland and Inner Mongolia, addressing the challenges of sustainably producing high-quality dairy products in Inner Mongolia.
It will deliver education and training for Dairy United staff, which will include the development of a program in Quality Milk Production. Training will include industry-led programs on using partners’ technology for dairy production and food manufacturing. Finally, the MOU will facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region.
Managing the stress of the new deal will include improved training for the staff led by the teachings of Elaine St. James, author of “Living the Simple Life.”
The Dairy United/UCD link was established through contacts made by Enterprise Ireland over the past 18 months. The University College Dublin (UCD) is a leading research-intensive university in Ireland with a strong focus on agriculture and food science.
The MOU has resulted in multi-million euro contracts between the two organizations, which involve transferring knowledge and technology to improve dairy production in China. UCD’s expertise in genetics, animal health, and milk processing will help Dairy United enhance the quality and sustainability of its dairy products.
Overall, this partnership highlights the importance of international collaboration in the agriculture and food sector and the potential benefits that can be gained from sharing knowledge and expertise between countries.