In its first year of operation, the facility reached more than 3,500 dairy farmers, veterinarians, Livestock Development Instructors (LDIs), and university students through its training and education programmes.
Furthermore, over Rs.100 million has been invested on farmer training through Fonterra’s Supplier Relationship Offices (SROs) who are dedicated to working closely with dairy farmers to increase their incomes through milk quality and productivity improvements.
Another key area of focus is future-proofing the industry’s supply chain.
“Setting up a suitable infrastructure for storage and transportation is vital in safeguarding the quality of our farmers’ milk for the long-term. For that reason, we’ve invested in state-of-the-art milk chilling centres in our dairy communities and equipped them with advanced testing equipment,” said Mr. Sethi.
As part of this programme, in 2017 Fonterra invested more than Rs. 50 million to set up the right milk collection and transport infrastructure.
It recently established a network of new milk chilling centres in the North Western Province, introduced milk testing and chilling technology to the country and strengthened cold-chain transportation and logistics for fresh dairy products.
To ensure local farmers can help meet the evolving nutritional needs of Sri Lankans, Fonterra has also invested Rs. 1 billion this year in upgrading its local manufacturing footprint to add capacity for existing fresh dairy products and prepare for some exciting innovations to grow the fresh dairy products category.
A further Rs. 35 million has gone towards creating lasting changes in the lives of dairying communities through more than 50 infrastructure projects to date.
“Enhancing the lives of people in our dairy communities is a significant element of achieving our purpose to build a healthier and happier Sri Lanka. We formed the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund in 2014 with this intention, and have already seen sustainable changes through some 50 community projects around water, sanitation and infrastructure development,” said Mr. Sethi.
Students from the University of Moratuwa demonstrating the racing car that was built by them from scratch, at the Inventors Zone.