Skye feed mill opens doors for pub­lic tour

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Mowi Scot­land in­vited lo­cal peo­ple to visit its feed plant at Kyleakin on Skye last month to pro­vide an in­sight into how the mill op­er­ates.

About 50 vis­i­tors at­tended the open day, held at the Kyleakin Con­nec­tions cen­tre near the Mowi fa­cil­ity, with a minibus run­ning tours to the fac­tory.

Claes Jon­er­mark, op­er­a­tions direc­tor of Mowi Feed, said:‘We have worked hard to im­ple­ment mea­sures to ad­dress con­cerns that peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced since we started pro­duc­tion.

‘It was a good op­por­tu­nity for us to ex­plain ex­actly what we have done and for us to find out if these mea­sures have made a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

‘There was good dis­cus­sion and lots of ques­tions were asked about ev­ery­thing from em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, ex­actly what we make at Kyleakin and the raw in­gre­di­ents them­selves, to broader ques­tions about aqua­cul­ture.

‘We will con­tinue to in­form the com­mu­nity about ac­tiv­ity at the feed mill and we’re happy to an­swer any ques­tions or con­cerns peo­ple have.’

Vis­i­tors were also able to ex­pe­ri­ence salmon farm­ing in vir­tual re­al­ity, with VR gog­gles that trans­ported them to a hatch­ery, a salmon site and Mowi’s con­sumer prod­ucts divi­sion at Rosyth.

At each des­ti­na­tion, the user is hosted by a Mowi mem­ber of staff who works at that site, pro­vid­ing com­men­tary on what they are see­ing – above and be­low the wa­ter’s sur­face.

The vir­tual re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy, launched by Mowi in the sum­mer at Rosyth, has now been rolled out to sites across Scot­land, with head­sets at the Farms Of­fice (Fort Wil­liam), Inch­more hatch­ery (Glen­moris­ton), Lochailort hatch­ery (Lochailort), and Blar Mhor pri­mary pro­cess­ing plant (Fort Wil­liam).

Above: Mowi’s salmon wagon at the open day

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