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New Zealand dairying expertise and technology is helping communities in Sri Lanka to develop a co-operative dairy farming farming network and raise their incomes.

The woman heading the Wanni Dairy Regeneration programme, Selina Prem Kumar, has been in New Zealand to raise awareness and support for the project.

It grew out of Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being displaced and losing their livelihoods, and has brought together Singhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities.

"Basically this is all about regenerating the dairy industry through which to provide direct marketing to improve the quality of milk and the quantity, through breeding, feeding and animal health, and also looking into the cold chain management so that the farmers will be able to earn more and this will put them back in a position that they will be able to be providers again to their families," Ms Kumar said.

"That will help the children go back to school and also to address all their needs."

Ms Kumar said the programme spanned 30 communities in the north of Sri Lanka and was helping about 2000 farmers, 40 percent of them women.

It had lifted incomes for those farmers by 600 percent; some farmers earning about $NZ40 to $NZ50 a month a few years ago were now earning about $NZ300 a month, she said.

The Sri Lankan dairy project was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the TEAR fund in New Zealand.

New Zealand companies, QPod and Patton Refrigeration had contributed by adapting cooling technology for milk delivered to the processing factory. (Radio New Zealand News)

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  • public Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:58 AM

    Sick of hearing all this Tamil issues.

    upali Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:29 AM

    Hope those diseases are not transmitted.

    Latte Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:08 AM

    It is still an issue for Tamils. Live with it.

    hemanthabandara Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:26 AM

    IT IS AN ISSUE NOT JUST FOR TAMILS , BUT FOR THE WHOLE OF SL.

    lkboy Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:34 AM

    thank you. But please ensure there is no DCD.

    Sajith Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:00 PM

    Thanks to New Zealand government. Wonderful to see our Tamil communities recovering.

    Bala Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:36 PM

    Tamils are part of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka would never have been what it is if not for Ananda Coomaraswamy, Ponnamblam Ramanathan, his brother, Lakshman Kadir and some more other Tamils. Know your history, brother.

    E. P De S Wijeyeratne Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:49 PM

    I am also interested in learning of breeding and producing quality milk. Can I also have an opportunity of learning.

    Mailmen Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:53 PM

    So many tamil issues as the gourvenments never adressed them. Your racial comments are a disgrace. via DM Android App

    wasantha Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:59 PM

    I cannot understand the intention of NZ for development of the dairy sector in Sri Lanka. Can someone help me to get this clarified? If our milk industry get improved, how NZ can continue with their business of selling milk powders to SL?

    Domiya Tuesday, 05 May 2015 03:47 PM

    Is your name public or ublic???? Did you knock your head? I am Sri Lankan. Not sinhala or tamil or Muslim. As a citizen here, I represent every race and religion. At the end of the day we are all human beings.


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