New Zealand Study Tour for Sri Lankan Senior Dairy Industry Officials
From 14 to 17 December 2017, a four-day study tour to New Zealand for selected Sri Lankan senior dairy officials was conducted. The tour was highly valuable for Sri Lankan participants to observe New Zealand’s dairy industry and become familiar with its technologies and practices that could then be applied in Sri Lanka. The experience and knowledge from the study tour will then be shared within Sri Lanka for the benefit of Sri Lankan dairy farmers, and used to strengthen relationships between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
The study tour was facilitated by FCG ANZDEC for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The study tour participants were: Dr Nihal Wedasinghe, Additional Secretary (Livestock Development), Ministry of Rural Economy; Mr Somachandra Jayakody Jayakody Arachchige, Deputy Chairman, National Livestock Development Board; and Mr Keerthi Mihiripenna, Chairman of MILCO Private Limited. The facilitators included Steve Lee, Murray Pedley and Mark Speight who are also involved in the Sri Lanka Dairy Excellence Training Initiative (DETI) funded by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and managed by FCG ANZDEC.
The participants visited farms and dairy industry actors in the Waikato region, and were familiarised with New Zealand dairy value chains, dairy farm systems and technologies, milk quality management, and dairy extension. The study tour covered: a presentation of the DETI; a visit to David Swney’s farm and Owl Farm, a joint venture demonstration dairy farm between St Peter’s School and Lincoln University; a visit to New Zealand Farm Source store; attendance at a DairyNZ discussion group meeting; a visit to Waikato Innovation Park; and a presentation of technologies at the Livestock Improvement Corporation.
The study tour was rated as successful by the participants. The participants advised that the content of the study tour was highly relevant for them, being able to see and learn things which were priorities to them. The participants and the study tour facilitators agreed that the engagement and discussions between them will continue after the study tour.
A few images from the study tour: