UCD signs MOU with Chinese dairy producer

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University College Dublin (UCD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chinese dairy producer Dairy United, which will result 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 the creation of a trade corridor to facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region.

UCD will be collaborating with a number of 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 producing high quality dairy products in a sustainable and cost-effective manner in Inner Mongolia.

It will deliver education and training for Dairy United staff, which will include the development of a programme in Quality Milk Production. Training will also include industry-led programmes on the use of partners’ technology for dairy production and food manufacture. Finally, the MOU will facilitate the introduction of Irish exporters to the Inner Mongolian region.

The Dairy United/UCD link was established through contacts made by Enterprise Ireland over the past 18 months.