A project being delivered by Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) will work with several co-ops, assisting them to research, design and trial precision farming and agri-tech services appropriate to their members and markets, according to ScotlandFoodandDrink.org. Learning will be shared to make it easier for other co-ops to get involved. The Scottish Government is supporting the project, which will conclude in March 2017.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, commented: “The Vision for Agriculture highlights the importance of the agricultural sector, enhancing performance and continuing to support communities, the environment and the wider economy in Scotland. Farmer co-operatives are well placed to take advantage of economies of scale, share best practice and accelerate the uptake of new technologies. Co-ops can also deliver valuable productivity and resource efficiency gains as well as increase resilience to challenges such as market volatility and climate change.
“It is with great pleasure that I am able to confirm Scottish Government funding support for SAOS to deliver three projects, aiming to promote precision farming, measure value of farming co-ops and record carbon gains from collaboration. I look forward to seeing the positive results.”