Market-Oriented Dairy Sri Lanka
Empowering Dairy Business
The Government of Sri Lanka has placed a renewed emphasis on strengthening the dairy sector to reach self-sufficiency as consumers begin to increase their demand for dairy products. At present the country only produces between 30 and 40 percent of its annual milk needs. IESC, the project's implementing partner, has identified the barriers to increasing productivity and quality, taking into account the varying environments and contexts throughout the country, and has developed solutions, in consultation with dairy sector stakeholders, for the implementation of the MOD Project.
The approach takes into consideration commercial viability, public sector engagement, evidence-based solutions and sustainability.
To strengthen Sri Lanka’s dairy sector towards achieving self-sufficiency in fresh milk production
1. Increase fresh milk production
2. Improve productivity
3. Improve milk quality
The Market-Oriented Dairy (MOD) Project’s main objective is to help develop Sri Lanka’s dairy sector in order to enhance the country’s milk production as well as improve the quality of milk to meet the growing nutritional demands of the population. To achieve this, the Project’s interventions are designed keeping in mind the overarching principal that animal welfare and comfort is key to increasing milk production. These interventions include ensuring 24-hour availability of drinking water, proper feeding and other best practices in cow and calf management such as trimming of horns and hoofs to avoid injury and discomfort. The project also actively promotes the free-barn system opposed to a tie down system to improve cow comfort. Dairy farmers are also trained to recognize signs of heat stress and educated on methods of minimizing heat stress such as introducing water sprinkling and fan systems and good ventilated barns oriented to deflect direct sunlight. In addition, farmers are trained on farm management best practices including appropriate environment design.
MOD interventions align and support the principals of the ‘Five Freedoms’ as defined by Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) ie., freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor, freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area, freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment, freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind, freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and care which avoid mental suffering.