Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in Sri Lanka | Sunday Observer

Boccard to develop dairy farming and processing in Sri Lanka

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 Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Eric Lavertu was also present.

The program includes the modernisation 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 13.9 million Euros (approximately Rs. 2,514 million) 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 computerised 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 recognised as a leader in customised process solutions for the dairy, food and Ingredients industries. The company’s expertise spans from design and engineering, to manufacturing and installation, and through commissioning and after sales services.

The expert teams design/build comprehensive and customised 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 modernisation of food and ingredient plants, especially for fresh dairy products, with key players and local producers.

It is expected to distribute homogenised, pasteurised and sterilised 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.