Scotland’s dairy sector has great ambition with a new strategy in place.
Armed with its location, ideal climate, abundance in fresh water, and with top quality milk, the Scottish dairy sector is aiming to rise to the top and boost its economic value. Its plan is outlined in its ‘Rising to the Top 2030’ report. It has set out on a journey to enter a new chapter and boost its economic power further and put in place a plan to increase manufacturing capacity, global market entry and play an even bigger role in facing climate challenges, among other goals.
Since the inception of ‘Ambition 2025’ in 2013, a study on the growth opportunities for Scottish dairy, The Dairy Growth Board was formed in 2014 and opportunities have now been evaluated and developed, said Paul Grant, chair of The Scottish Dairy Growth Board in the recent report.
One of the main focuses for this industry is entering new global markets. Thus far, demand for Scottish products like cheese has led to entry of 15 new international markets with annual sales of £30 million achieved. According to the report, there are important products that are not yet produce in Scotland, including UHT dairy products or milk powder, which are key for entering new global markets. On the agenda, and in the midst of constant drought challenges globally, the Scottish industry is finding innovative routes to market in order for Scotland to benefit from the demand for milk in regions such as Southern Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.
The aim of the sector is to establish itself even more and do so by 2030. The vision includes:
– By 2023, 75% of farms to have undertaken new carbon-reduction activities
– By 2026, 50% of farms to have undertaken new carbon-reduction activities
– By 2030, 100% of farms participating in activities that will reduce their impact on the environment
Scotland’s dairy sector is aiming high and sees a thriving industry ahead by 2030, the vision is a stronger sector built with the blocks of better efficiency and greater strides in development on its home turf as well as abroad. It is now in the process of building its industry within the global dairy market, with the ultimate goal of remaining a top player. Grant further adds that, “The Dairy Growth Board looks forward to leading and collaborating with the Scottish sector to deliver the recommendations set out and acting as guardian of the sector’s ambition.”
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