AGRICULTURE Minister Nicos Kouyialis has expressed his support for the DAIRIUS project which deals with converting expired dairy products to renewable biogas.
“For us, correct management of household waste is a cornerstone in the efforts undertaken for rational management of resources,” he said adding that it is an ethical duty of every society to implement such programmes.
He was speaking a conference in Limassol called “Current Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Waste Management in Livestock and Dairy Industries”.
Such a project, he said could help start up several small and medium sized businesses, creating ‘green employment opportunities’.
DAIRIUS is co-funded by the EU “LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance” program by 50 per cent for its €1.4million budget. It aims to protect the environment by improving the way expired dairy products are processed and promoting this solution on an international level.
“As a ministry we are participating through the environment department in these efforts and are working towards the success of this project which we hope will be an example for other local businesses,” Kouyialis said.
Scientists from Cyprus and abroad were present at the conference where they also discussed the energy waste in stock breeding and the dairy industry, existing management measures and legislation and ways of funding through national and European funds.
Partners in the DAIRIUS project are Charalambides Christis Ltd, Rtd Talos Ltd, ANIMALIA Genetics Ltd, the University of Patras, Green Technologies Ltd and the Department of Environment, according to their website.
For more information about the DAIRIUS project visit: www.dairiusproject.com.