Green light for agri-tech global hub at Tralee IT
A new global agri-tech centre of excellence has been given the green light following the announcement of €5m in funding from Enterprise Ireland.
The venture, the first of its type in Ireland, will be developed with the Institute of Technology Tralee and Kerry-based dairy equipment manufacturing company Dairymaster, with the support of Kerry County Council.
It will position Kerry as the national leader in agri-tech training, research and development and will enhance the county's agri-tech reputation internationally.
The centre, which will be headquartered at the Institute of Technology Tralee, is a joint venture between the Co Kerry third-level college and industry partners including Dairymaster, Abbey and McHales. The investment under the Enterprise Ireland-led Regional Enterprise Development Fund was announced by Enterprise Minister Heather Humphreys yesterday.
The €5m announced for the agri-tech centre was the maximum grant aid allocated to projects. It is part of a €30.5m investment by Government to support the Regional Action Plan for Jobs.
It is being hailed a major jobs and economic boost for the southwest.
Chief executive of Dairymaster Prof Edmond Harty has welcomed the announcement.
"It is a positive development for the sector nationally that both government and industry has shown commitment to this important industry, thereby assisting its continued growth and development into the future," he said.
President of IT Tralee Dr Oliver Murphy said it would have both regional and national impact.
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