Nestlé invests in Sri Lanka

Swiss dairy giant Nestle is investing in a new chilling centre in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, to expand the dairy industry there. This will be followed by eight more cooling centres by the end of this year. The centre is the first to be opened in the area in 30 years in the northern province of the country.
This will be Nestle’s 107th chilling centre in Sri Lanka and will have a capacity of 1,600 litres and testing equipment. It will be serviced by milk collection points established by Nestle Lanka in Kandawalai, Kilinochchi, Visuwuamadhu, Wattakachchi, Uruththirapuram and Iranamadu.
Nestle Sri Lanka says it will provide dairy farmers with training, development, support and assistance in farming practices. The company says it will also offer aid and information on livestock health, breeding, milking, hygiene, sterile handling and storage.
The company is currently collecting milk from 100 farming families in the area. However, the introduction of the new centre is expected to boost this to 500 families. Nestle Lanka is the country’s single largest private sector collector of fresh milk. The company buys about 115,000 litres of milk every day from 13,000 local dairy farmers.

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