A delegation of the Dutch government and a cluster of private companies and vocational education institutes in the Netherlands have formally joined forces to facilitate the growing dairy sector in Sri Lanka. All parties signed a public–private partnership (PPP) during the official trade mission taking place in Sri Lanka from November 28 – December 1, 2016 in presence of the Honourable Secretary to the Ministry of Livestock Development Ms. Renuka Ekanayake, and Her Excellency Ms. Joanne Doornewaard the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed the ambition to reduce the import of milk powder and become self-sufficient in dairy production by 2020. In order to develop a socially and economically viable dairy sector in Sri Lanka, the entire chain in the sector needs to grow significantly.
Sri Lankan Dutch Dairy Solutions
The Dutch partnership 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.
Like in Sri Lanka, family farming has been the backbone of the dairy industry in the Netherlands for the last decades. This makes the Netherlands an ideal partner to contribute to the further development of the dairy sector in Sri Lanka. The Family farm proved to be a success model as the Netherlands now is a world leader in dairy production and technology.
And, of course, this is where Wellant’s advice, help and knowledge are greatly appreciated; Wellantcollege, one of the most leading educational institutes in dairy farming in the centre of Holland. Wellant did not choose for the approach of supporting financially, but is an advocate for a long lasting cooperation instead of a ‘hit-and-run’ solution.
Jan Jeronimus, representing Wellantcollege, was therefor very pleased to sign the agreement hoping for a very fruitful collaboration.