Boccard to develop dairy farming in Sri Lanka
25 March 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries, and Aquatic Resources Development signed an agreement with the French company Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing.
The program includes the modernization of six mini dairy processing plants managed by six dairy entities that are served by more than thirty local milk collection centers across Sri Lanka. The funding of € 13.9M (approximately Rs. 2,514M) is facilitated by a soft loan from the French Government and monitored locally by the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The pre-selected six mini dairy entities in Kaduwela, Attanagalla, Wariyapola, Polonnaruwa, Wennapuwa and Batticaloa will reach a global capacity of 4,500 litres per day thanks to the state-of-the-art and computerized monitoring equipment installed by Boccard.
Boccard is a French family-owned business with over 100 years of experience as a turnkey integrator. With 3,500 employees across 35 countries, it is recognized as a leader in customized process solutions for the dairy, food and Ingredients industries. The expert teams design/build comprehensive and customized process solutions for advanced equipment from standalone skids, tanks, and vessels to entire turnkey facilities. The company benefits from extensive, worldwide experience and references in the design and modernization of food and ingredient plants, especially for fresh dairy products, with key players and local producers.
It is expected to distribute homogenized, pasteurized and sterilized milk produced in those local areas will be packed into 180 ml pouches and 500 ml bottles and distributed to schoolchildren in the neighboring areas. Boccard’s dairy processing experts will provide a turnkey solution to support milk collection, processing, and packaging and dedicated farmers’ training program.