Scottish politician is shown agri-science projects during Lincoln University visit

The Secretary of State for Scotland was shown a new treatment system for dairy farm effluent during a visit to Lincoln University.

The Rt Hon David Mundell was at Lincoln as part of a trip around the country to explore potential opportunities for collaboration between New Zealand and the UK after Brexit.

He and his delegation met with Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha, then visited Lincoln’s Ashley Dene Research Development Station.

He heard from Assistant Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Edwards, fellow Scotsman Professor Keith Cameron and Lincoln Agritech’s Dr Blair Miller, about some of the innovations they have developed in recent years.

One project that attracted particular attention was ClearTech, a treatment system for dairy farm effluent which was developed in collaboration with Ravensdown and is designed to treat and recyle water at the dairy shed, thereby saving freshwater.

Professor Cameron said the visit proved “very positive”.

“The delegation were really interested in the science and technology development that we do at Lincoln University and Lincoln Agritech, because the UK and New Zealand share similar challenges in terms of sustainable production and environmental protection.”

The British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke, was part of the delegation. She complimented the university and Lincoln Agritech on the science and innovation that is being conducted.

Lincoln looks forward to potential future collaborations in science and innovation between New Zealand and the UK, Professor Cameron said.

Source: Lincoln University

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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