These SROs are dedicated to training and educating farmers on best practice, from 20 to 40. It will also build five new milk chilling centres during the same period
Fonterra, a farmer-owned co-operative and the company behind Anchor implements dairy development programme working with partners and small holder dairy farmers.
The aim is to develop local knowledge and farm management techniques, providing farmers with solutions that suit Sri Lanka’s unique agricultural requirements and create more sustainable, productive farms
Sunil Sethi, Managing Director of Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka, said private sector players recognise their role in supporting these communities to help the dairy industry achieve its full potential.
He reiterated that tax increase on milk imports will affect the local capacity in milk production and it will create a shortage of milk and milk-based products in the growing demand of diary.
“At present the country can meet only 30 percent of the demand. But by curbing imports, we will run out of milk. The present need is an end-to-end solution to grow the local dairy industry” he said.
The company is now three years into its ten year commitment to invest Rs. 10 billion into dairy communities’; he added.
A key aspect of the company’s development programme has been working with partners and small holder dairy farmers to develop local knowledge and farm management techniques, providing farmers with
solutions that suit Sri Lanka’s unique agricultural requirements and create more sustainable, productive farms, he said.
It is operating the Rs. 117 million farm, a significant milestone in this journey and the first major private-sector funded training facility for dairy farming in Sri Lanka .The demonstration and training farm trains around 2,500 farmers each year and employ administrative managers, animal care specialists and farm hands.
Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka’s demonstration and training farm in Pannala include a milk shed, training centre, barns, milk chilling facilities, and feed growth areas.
The dairy co-operative, which has been operating in Sri Lanka for over 38 years, has invested over Rs. 380 million in local dairy development over the past two years alone, and is committed to working with partners to increase milk collection, improve milk quality and lift farmer incomes.