An essential part of the partnership was to provide the farmers with the right tools for mechanization. In addition, Fonterra’s SROs used the company’s Demonstration and Training Farm in Pannala to show Kalum how to cultivate nutritious fodder for his cows – all of which helped him efficiently increase productivity and quality.
Under the advice of his SRO, Kalum went one step further and began making sileage, a sustainable practice which will help keep his cows healthy and nourished during periods of drought.
After years of hard work, Kalum finally received recognition of his achievements earlier this year, when he was selected as a success story for a visit by an international delegation from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) missions in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Currently, Kalum’s farm supplies 100 litres of milk and has the potential to increase to 180 litres. In addition, his supplementary role in running a community Milk Collection Centre provides him with additional income and the potential to collect more than 80-100 litres of milk per day from nearby farmers. He has truly overcome his challenges to build the successful business he had aspired to.
“I have received many benefits since joining the NADeP-Fonterra programme and I am able to confidently support and provide for my family, but I am determined to do more.
His success provides an encouraging message to hundreds of thousands of farmers across the country, who can contribute to strengthening the Sri Lankan dairy industry – with the help of industry collaboration, courage and above all, an entrepreneurial mindset.