Sri Lanka Nestlé unit sets milk collection record

Oct 03, 2012 (LBO) РNestl̩ Lanka, a unit of Swiss based Nestl̩ said it had collected five million litres of milk from domestic farmers, which was the highest monthly collection to date. The firm collects milk from 18,000 dairy farmers in rural Sri Lanka.

“Developing and contributing to Sri Lanka™s rural economy has always been close to Nestlé™s heart, because the overall wellbeing of our farmers and the rural communities is intrinsic for the long term success of our business,” Alois Hofbauer, managing director of Nestlé Lanka Plc, said in a statement.

The firm says it expects to contribute 2.5 billion rupees to the rural economy this year. The firm has an agri-services unit that provides advice and technical support to farmers.

The statement quoted Samarathna, a dairy farmer as saying the firm had provided technical assistance, assisted in getting micro-finance, cattle insurance and drugs.

Nestlé says its Nespray, Milo, Milkmaid and Nestomalt branded dairy based products use domestic fresh milk.