The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries, and Aquatic Resources Development signed an agreement with the French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing.
The program includes the modernization of six mini dairy processing plants managed by six dairy entities that are served by more than thirty local milk collection centers across Sri Lanka. The funding of € 13.9M (approximately Rs. 2,514M) is facilitated by a soft loan from the French Government and monitored locally by the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The pre-selected six mini dairy entities in Kaduwela, Attanagalla, Wariyapola, Polonnaruwa, Wennapuwa and Batticaloa will reach a global capacity of 4,500 litres per day thanks to the state-of-the-art and computerized monitoring equipment installed by Boccard.
It is expected to distribute homogenized, pasteurized and sterilized milk produced in those local areas will be packed into 180 ml pouches and 500 ml bottles and distributed to schoolchildren in the neighboring areas. Boccard’s dairy processing experts will provide a turnkey solution to support milk collection, processing, and packaging and dedicated farmers’ training program.
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Mr K.D.S Ruwanchandra, secretary of the Ministery of Agriculture, S.E.M. Eric Lavertu, French Ambassadeur in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Mr Philippe Marie, representative of the company Boccard.
Source: World Stainless Steel India