Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka has recently signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Peradeniya and the Coconut Research Institute (CRI) to help build a more productive and sustainable Sri Lankan dairy industry.
The joint research project will help solve the problem of feed scarcity that many farmers face due to limited land availability, by investigating the growth of diverse fodder in different conditions, such as under coconut trees.
The findings are expected to be available within two years and will be shared through local and international scientific journals to increase industry knowledge on fodder production.
Professor Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya said, “The Sri Lankan dairy industry consists mostly of small-scale farmers who face many economic hardships, and the ultimate goal of this research is to make these farmers more economically sound by increasing milk production.
“In order to achieve this, we need to provide them with scientific knowledge on improving the quality and supply of fodder, which has a direct impact on higher milk yield. Public-private partnerships of this nature are extremely important in facilitating such research projects, and I look forward to many more collaborations in the future,” said Prof. Dissanayake.
In addition to funding the research project, Fonterra’s dairy development team will work closely with professors from the University’s Faculty of Agriculture and CRI scientists to conduct on-ground research in local fodder cultivation.