Fonterra Dairy Scholarship Participants Grow Local Dairy Industry

Scholars increase dairy production, decrease costs and boost incomes

More than 1,200 farmers and Indonesian dairy industry participants have received new knowledge and skills on dairy farming best practices from Fonterra Dairy Scholarship participants, to help them develop capabilities to meet the growing demand of the Indonesian dairy industry.

The scholarship programme has also helped farmers improve milk quality and produce higher volumes of milk leading to greater farm profitability, with 75 per cent of farmers from the 2016 scholarship group seeing an increase in their incomes.

Now entering its fifth year, the Fonterra Dairy Scholarship is a partnership between Fonterra Brands Indonesia and the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services (DGLHAS) that provides local dairy farmers and government support officers training on dairy farming best practices.

The programme which includes hands-on training in Indonesia and New Zealand has helped farmer participants across the years improve milk quality and produce higher volumes of milk as a result of new milk hygiene, animal care, and farm management practices.

Some participating farmers in the 2016 programme are also adding value to the milk they produce by making high-value cheese and yoghurt, helping to further grow their incomes.

Afiffudin, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Food Safety & Quality Director, said that the scholarship has trained 39 dairy farmers and nine government support officers since it was established in 2013, and Fonterra is looking to increase the number of participants for this year’s programme.

“It’s fantastic to see the farmer participants and government support officers gaining confidence and carrying out more farmer-to-farmer training, which benefits the wider dairy industry.

“Fonterra has generations of dairy farming expertise and we’re pleased to share our skills and knowledge to help up-skill, strengthen and unite the Indonesian agricultural industry. This is part of our commitment to help the government meet its goal to produce 60 per cent of national milk demand domestically by 2025,” said Affifudin.