The importance of cutting edge renewable energy projects were reinforced for Business Secretary Vince Cable during a visit to Woodend Farm, Duns at the weekend.
Woodend farmer John Seed hosted the visit by Dr Cable and Borders MP, Michael Moore, explaining to them how diversification has been essential for the survival of Borders farming businesses.
During a tour of the farm, Dr Cable and Mr Moore also discussed the new initiatives with Mr Seed and the importance of Government support for renewable energy to the business.
In the afternoon, Mr Moore and Dr Cable also met with a small group of businessmen and women who run diversified farm businesses across the Borders to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are currently facing.
Afterwards Mr Moore said: “It was great to have Vince visiting the Borders this weekend, letting him see first hand the work of a leading diversified farm business in the area.
“It was also a good opportunity for him to hear from a group of successful local businessmen and women, including locally based NFUS vice president Rob Livesey, about their concerns on bank lending and red tape and the work they are doing to grow and develop their businesses.
“Here in the Borders we have some fantastic local farm businesses which are successful across the UK and further afield. I have no doubt that the meeting was extremely useful for all concerned and I look forward to continuing my discussions with Vince and those who attended to ensure we get the best possible deal for businesses in the Borders.
Dr Cable said: “I was pleased to meet local farm businesses to discuss the concerns they wish to raise with me.
“It was great to see that there are farm businesses in the Borders which are thriving, diversifying and creating jobs for local people and I assured the group that I would take action on the points we discussed.”
“I want to thank everyone involved in the visit for the warm welcome I received, particularly John and Louise Seed, for their insights and hospitality.”
Host John Seed welcomed the opportunity “to show them how it is possible to make a farm like this more resilient by installing biomass heating, solar and wind power”.