On the right course
for industrial crops
THE area of industrial crops currently grown in the UK could double to 300,000ha (750,000 acres) in the next five years, says Scottish Agricultural College, Aberdeen.
To service the industry, it has announced a new training scheme for industrial crop specialists. The Industrial Crop Technology Course covers production aspects – planning, growing, harvesting, processing and quality assessment – for a range of crops.
The course starts this autumn, and is open to honours graduates in land-based or biological sciences and to other candidates with suitable experience, says SAC. It will lead either to a post-graduate diploma after eight months or to an MSc after a year.
The course should help overcome a lack of expertise which could be a major obstacle to the development of this potentially large industry, it adds. *