The government of Sri Lanka has given high priority to the development of the dairy sector in the coming years. The aim is to raise the present self-sufficiency rate of 35% to 100% in 2020. Milk production systems will be modernized through the importation of dairy heifers, establishment of large scale farms and support to medium and small scale farms that are willing to invest in more commercial milk production. The collection and processing system is expanding and modernized through the establishment of more chilling centres and processing plants.
This offers opportunities also for Dutch companies as inputs are necessary amongst others for collection and processing, breeding, feed and fodder production and data management. The government of Sri Lanka realises the need to improve the knowledge base for dairy production and is investing in dairy training facilities and recruiting and training more extensions officer. The present capacity to implement all the necessary training and education activities needs strengthening.
The aim of this project is to define an inspiring model that can form a solid basis for discussion between Myanmar and Dutch public and private actors - whether a dairy cluster approach offers an interesting opportunity that addresses key limitations hampering growth of the Myanmar dairy sector.
Intensive dairy farming Sri Lanka. A 2 week NUFFIC NFP Tailor Made Training Course on intensive dairy farming was organized and conducted in September 2014 for a group of 16 middle cadre management staff of the National Livestock Development Board. Results are achieved at two levels: three female managers of NLDB participated and have been given extra follow up responsibilities in their current work or will be promoted shortly. Furthermore, the contents of the course dealt with various aspects of the role of women in dairy production in Sri Lanka at present and how it is expected to change in future given the new direction dairy development is taking in Sri Lanka (self-sufficiency).
Training Needs Assessment National livestock Development Board (NLDB), Sri Lanka
An assessment was carried out that explored the need for training among the staff of the NLDB, according to tasks and position in hierargy, climatic zones and farming system. Depending on the position task levels were broken down in required skill, operational knowledge and full knowledge. In the applied organisational structure it showed that all level were expected at the top level of management. Following the assessment together with the NLDB Tailor made Proposal was written and submitted to a the Netherlands Embassy for funding within the NUFFIC Netherlands Fellowship Programme.
The most genuine system: Crossbred cows being suckled by the calf after milking and Jersy cows in a mechanized 500 cow unit.