Dutch dairy industry seeks business with Sri Lankan firms

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – A Dutch delegation of dairy companies and training institutes will visit Sri Lanka next week to support the island’s dairy industry and looking to do business with local firms.

“The primary focus of the visit is to explore potential investments and opportunities in the dairy sector,” the Dutch embassy said in a statement.

“This visit should result in long term business activities which will contribute towards economic development in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands”, Louis Piët, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands said.

The delegation, visiting on 8 and 9 June, will be going on field visits and will meet with local companies and organizations to find out where cooperation will be beneficial to all parties, the statement said.

The supply of the Sri Lankan fresh dairy production cannot yet meet the demand for milk, yoghurt and other products and large quantities of milk powder have to be imported, it said.

“This is where Dutch companies and organizations can share expertise and provide the necessary training and equipment, be it for fodder, cooling facilities, construction of stables or milking equipment.”

The delegation, led by Sara Knijff, Director International Agriculture of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, will attend a trade seminar on 9 June to meet with dairy sector policy makers, industry players and academics.

This will be followed by a matchmaking session organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce where the members of the delegation will meet with local companies from the sector. 

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