A delegation from the Sri Lankan dairy sector visited the Netherlands from October 24-28, 2017. The consortium partners of the public–private partnership Sri Lankan Dutch Dairy Solutions (SDDS), including Wellantcollege, were actively involved in the preparation and execution of the trade mission.
The delegation consisted of officials of national authorities including the Hon. Minister Pelisge Harrison and Dr. Gamage Chaminda Niroshan, both of the Ministry of Rural Economy, and Prof. Hewa Waduge Cyril of the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB), plus a number of private companies from the private dairy sector that aim to invest in further development of the dairy sector.
They came to the Netherlands to gain more knowledge about new technologies and innovations in the Dutch dairy sector, to be informed about education and training and to find potential partners.
The week consisted of a various programme, including field trips, individual matchmaking appointments, attending a dairy seminar, a network reception and a dinner at the residence of the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in The Hague.
On the first day of the mission, the visitors learned about the agricultural (vocational) education system in the Netherlands and got a tour around Wellant’s premises including the class rooms for dairy production, and farm engineering plus the paraveterinary wing at the school in Houten. They also visited the dairy farm of one of the teachers to see how vocational students learn in real-life practice for a main part of the course.
Sri Lankan Dutch Dairy Solutions
The Sri Lankan government has expressed the ambition to reduce the import of milk powder and become self-sufficient in dairy production. In order to develop a socially and economically viable dairy sector in Sri Lanka, the entire chain in the sector needs to grow significantly.
The public–private partnership Sri Lankan Dutch Dairy Solutions (SDDS) hopes to contribute to the Sri Lankan ambitions with a strong focus on a chain approach, and by combining innovative technology with vocational education and training. The Dutch cluster aims for sustainable solutions by creating long-term business partnerships that are commercially viable for the sectors in both countries.