Nation’s dairy sector getting their act together
Milco, Fonterra, Maliban, CIC, Watawala, Hayleys, Rich Life etc. come under one flagMarch 5, 2017, 9:16 pm
By forming a Dairy Association of Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is going to enable the Association to serve as the central forum for consensus building amongst different stakeholders of the dairy industry, and to promote the local dairy industry to make it more competitive in the marketplace.
The membership of the Association will comprise of individuals or firms engaged in farming, producing, processing, importing of dairy products and providing associated services. Fifteen (15) leading companies representing above sub sectors of the dairy industry has already joined the Association, while many other companies have shown their keen interest in enrolling as members.
The formation of The Dairy Association of Sri Lanka took place recently at the Board Room of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce officiated by Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake, CEO of the Chamber with the participation of 15 founder members. At the first meeting of the Association, the Constitution of the Association was unanimously adopted by the members present and following were elected as members of the Executive Committee, the key decision making body of the Association.
Dairy sector is one of the important sectors of the national economy that has high potential for improving the livelihood and income levels of poorer segments in the society whilst fulfilling the nutritional requirements of the population. Currently, Sri Lanka imports approximately 70 percent of its dairy products requirements spending considerable foreign exchange. Successive Governments have embarked on various initiatives to increase local production with the objective of reaching self-sufficiency in milk production.
Though the private sector is actively involved in all levels of the dairy value chain, there is no active organized trade body to work closely with the public sector organizations to achieve this goal. In order to fulfill this long felt need, at the request of leading industry stakeholders, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has taken the initiative to form the Dairy Association of Sri Lanka to facilitate the sector to deliberate on matters of relevance, reach consensus and lobby their issues and concerns with policy makers for upliftment of the Sri Lanka’s dairy industry.
President, Nishantha Jayasooriya, Chief Executive Officer of Richlife Dairies Limited. Binesh Pananwala, Chief Executive Officer, Watawala Dairy Limited, Janaka Gallage, Director Finance, Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Limited, Kumara Jayarathna, Manager, Quality Assurance, Research & Development of Milco (Pvt) Limited and Dr. Susantha Mallawa Arachchi, General Manager, Animal Health Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Limited are the elected Vice Presidents of the newly formed Association.
Wasantha Malwattege, Head of Procurement, Ceylon Cold Stores PLC (treasurer), Amal Chandana, General Manager, Production of CIC Dairies (Pvt) Limited, Gamini Rajapaksha, proprietor of Hypromac Engineering Services and Asoka Bandara, Management Consultant of Maliban Milk Products (Pvt) Limited will function as the Executive Committee members.
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