Female participation in dairy production needs further attention.
/Photo: C. von Morstein

17.11.2014

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Initiated by an international packaging company and a local retailer enterprise a project was set up in the Jaffna district in 2013 supported by the GIZ “development partnerships with the private sector” (develoPPP) initiative. The project aims at an increased quality and quantity of milk production and medium-term coverage of the regional demand. Within a couple of months, the monthly collected amount of milk has increased from 3,100 litres to 35,610 litres, and the number of participating farmers has increased tenfold.

he Northern Province of Sri Lanka is a post-conflict area with large numbers of repatriates. Many of them were involved in agriculture and animal husbandry before the war, while others are newcomers. The majority of dairy livestock in the Jaffna district are reared in small-scale operations, with 46 per cent of the farming families owning fewer than five cattle and less than five per cent owning more than 16 cattle.

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