The National Livestock Development Board (NLDB), a Sri Lankan Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development agency, drafted in Wellard Rural Exports to help increase the country’s milk supply and reduce its reliance on imported milk powder.
At the time, Sri Lanka was around 15% self-sufficient, and relied on milk powder imports worth around US$300m (€222m) each year.
To reduce this deficit, Sri Lanka set itself a goal of producing 600m additional liters of milk per year - a seemingly impossible task for a country with such a small dairy industry.
Aiming to boost the size of Sri Lanka’s dairy herd and increase the average daily yield from around three liters of milk per cow to the Australian average of 26 liters, Wellard supplied dairy cattle and equipment and advised on infrastructure and management.
Speaking with DairyReporter.com, Johann Wasserman, international project manager, Wellard Rural Exports, claimed that on the back of NLDB's dairy development project Sri Lanka will in time overtake India, recently named the world's largest milk producer, in terms of milk quality and average yield per cow.
“I think that Sri Lanka is far ahead of India,” said Wasserman. “I think they will become the leader in this region.”
“Sri Lanka will set the pace. It actually already has a better system in place. I think Sri Lanka’s quality and average production will be higher than in India.”
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