Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has announced a €14m investment in the Dairy Processing Technology Centre, hosted by the University of Limerick.
Varadkar visited the Bernal Institute in UL on Friday October 29, where he announced the second phase of funding for research in the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC).
‘“With our climate law, Ireland is now one of the most ambitious countries in the world on climate. At the same time, agriculture is one of our largest and most important indigenous industries. We make enough food to feed our population nine times over.
That is something we should be proud of and we want it to continue,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
The DPTC brings together Teagasc and leading researchers from the university sector to work with Ireland’s largest dairy processors.
“This research is crucial as we move to a low carbon society, to ensure our food industry can thrive, modernise and continue to compete globally,” he added.
Key challenges for the sector
The €14m Enterprise Ireland investment will see the DPTC focus on key challenges for the sector, including the production of high-value quality products that are cost-effective and sustainable as set out by international commitment such as the EU 2030 Climate Energy Policy Framework.
“The establishment of the Dairy Processing Technology Centre anticipated the significant market disruption that would occur with the removal of milk quotas in 2015,” said Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy.
“The collaborative model deployed by the Technology Centre network will become increasingly important as our entire economy adapts to a low-carbon future and embeds sustainability at every stage of the production process and I would encourage companies to engage now with these engines of innovation.”
There are now eight Technology Centres across Ireland focused on areas such as advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, microelectronics and pharmaceuticals and food.
DPTC Director Dr. Ann Marie Henihan said she is “looking forward to delivering on the full potential of this investment and building on the successes and achievements of phase one”.
“We will be relentless in our drive to provide world class innovative research that provides game-changing advances for the future of Irish Dairy Processing,” she added.