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Dutch-Lanka Dairy Collaboration on the Cards

25 November 2019

SRI LANKA - Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tanja Gonggrijp said that since she began working in Sri Lanka she had found it difficult to find good milk and good milk by-products.

Ms Gonggrijp was speaking at a partnership session between Dutch vocational educational institutes and Sri Lankan dairy stakeholders. The event took place on 22 November at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Gonggrijp said, "I did not like cheese as a child. The only kind of cheese I ate was the not real cheese, the happy cow cheese. At a certain point that changed. Now I am running around in Sri Lanka to find cheese that is a little bit like the Dutch cheese."

She added, "Dutch children start their day with a glass of fresh milk.

"I have two boys and they have to take their milk. I have to be honest - when I go to the food city, we cannot always find fresh milk."

The partnership hopes to create a self-financed vocational training institute in Sri Lanka. Ms Gonggrijp said, "In the Netherlands, agricultural education has taken the country from one of subsistence to one that is the largest agricultural exporter in Europe."

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Source: Daily News

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