DUTCH Lady Malaysia, together with the Veterinary Services Department (DVS), hosted a visit by Dutch Agriculture Minister Sharon Dijksma and delegates from her ministry recently.
As one of the leading dairy producers in the country, Dutch Lady Malaysia has included the Dairy Development Programme (DDP) as part of its corporate responsibility programme.
Dutch Lady Malaysia is a subsidiary of Royal FrieslandCampina (RFC), a Dutch multinational corporation with more than 140 years of dairy farming expertise.
The DPP, in collaboration with the DVS and the Netherlands embassy, aims to help Malaysian farmers increase their production of milk in both quality and volume while ensuring sustainability of milk supply.
Dijksma and the other delegates visited the milk collection centre in Tapah, Perak, with the aim of improving knowledge and sharing DDP practices.
“The DDP has exposed Malaysian farmers to good dairy farming and management practices. This tour has allowed us to better understand the Malaysian dairy farming landscape and we hope to continue to assist Malaysia in taking dairy development to the next level,” Dijksma said.
The team, which was accompanied by Netherlands ambassador Harry Molenaar and Netherlands Agriculture Ministry director-general Hans Hoogeveen, also visited a dairy farm in Bidor, Perak.
The team was led by RFC Vietnam regional DDP manager Sybren Attema and Dutch Lady Malaysia operations director KR Rajesh.
DVS representatives in the team included Veterinary Services director-general Datuk Dr Mohamad Azmie Zakaria and dairy section senior principal assistant director Dr Kamaliah Ghazali.
“We are honoured to have been given this opportunity to show the team around and to demonstrate our dairy farming capabilities. With the DDP, we look forward to improving the standards of dairy farming in the country,” said Rajesh.
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