“It was then that I was made aware of how Fonterra sources milk from local smallholder dairy farmers for their Anchor Newdale yoghurt and liquid milk production. This is an immense benefit for us local dairy farmers because with Fonterra, we are able to sell our milk consistently at a fair and profitable price. With this kind of support, I’m proud to say I was able to become the most successful dairy farmer in my area,” beams a pleased Anusha.
With an early start at 6 am each morning when milking begins, Anusha’s two milking cows produce on average 15-20 litres of milk per day. By 7 am, she then proceeds to other dairy farms in the area for her milk collection duties. Having started out by collecting 40 litres a day, Anusha has now increased her daily collection to 90 litres per day thanks to the efforts made in increasing the productivity of her own farm as well as expanding her milk collection network.
Today whilst being a successful smallholder dairy farmer, she has big goals in aspiring to upgrade to being a large-scale dairy entrepreneur by improving her collection network to achieve 300 litres of liquid milk a day.
It is not just about her farm work that has helped Anusha get to where she is today; she is also very focused on the business side of things. One of the most important aspects is making sure she manages her income efficiently, dividing her earnings between her children’s education and the daily expenses; reinvesting the remaining income in her farm to develop it even further.
“Gender is not a barrier to becoming an entrepreneur. It is dedication and good habits that will bring you success wherever you choose to go,” she says.
At 30 years old, Anusha is one of the most successful and inspiring dairy entrepreneurs in Doluwa. She is held in high regard among her fellow dairy farmers and is a true legend of the soil in her own right.