The US Department of Agriculture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka for a US$ 27 million project aimed at doubling the milk production of dairy farmers in Sri Lanka on Monday (13).
The project was named ‘Food for Progress.’
Attending the launch ceremony, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung said, “This US$ 27 million contribution is a prime example of the United States’ multi-year commitment to promoting sustainable economic development in Sri Lanka. Not only is this support significantly improving production for the country’s dairy industry, more important now than ever, it is also equipping Sri Lankan dairy farmers with the resources necessary to compete, grow, and thrive.”
‘Food for Progress’ market-oriented dairy project partners with a US non-profit organisation called the International Executive Service Corps to help Sri Lankan farmers increase dairy production by providing them with the skills they need to improve farm operations and management. It will also provide better access to financing, so that farmers can expand their businesses and reach new markets.
In addition to assisting Sri Lankan farmers, the US Department of Agriculture, last year, contributed US$ 26 million to a school nutrition programme that benefitted over 453,000 Sri Lankans islandwide, in coordination with the ‘Save the Children’ programme. These initiatives benefit over half a million Sri Lankans.