As a dairy co-operative owned by over 10,500 New Zealand dairy farmers, Fonterra is dedicated to sharing our dairy expertise with Sri Lankan farmers, and sharing the value we create with our communities.
Our local dairy development efforts began over 16 years ago. From 200 farms in 1996, Fonterra’s farmer network has grown to a wide network of farmers collecting and processing over eight million litres of fresh milk annually, which is made into our Anchor and Anchor Newdale range of fresh dairy products including liquid and flavoured milk, yoghurt and curd.
We have programmes in place that allow us to share our knowledge and expertise with local farming communities. The ultimate goal is to help these farmers increase their productivity and income through simple changes to on-farm practices, and we’ve been encouraged by the results.
Our Sri Lanka Dairy Development Programme has been in place since 1997, and provides training and advice to local farmers supplying milk to Fonterra.
The Fonterra Farmer Education and Training Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim of improving the quality and quantity of milk production to create more sustainable dairy farms in Sri Lanka. Within the first year of this programme, participating farmers increased their production by 42 per cent and income by 55 per cent.
Earlier this year, we built a state-of-the-art chilling centre facility in Gampaha, which not only allows us to collect milk from the farmers in the area, but also acts as a knowledge sharing hub for farmers to learn from Fonterra’s experts.
We are working on refining and scaling up our impact. We’re investing in Demonstration Farms and Training Centres in several parts of the country to provide training on best practices to improve dairy skills. We’re also setting up state-of-the-art chilling centre facilities for dairy collection which act as knowledge sharing hubs for farmers to learn from Fonterra’s experts.
With this investment, we’re confident Sri Lanka can accelerate dairy production and meet a much larger proportion of the country’s growing demand.