Home Our Projects

Strengthening the dairy cooperatives in the Vavuniya District and conflict affected border areas.

International Sustainable Livelihood Foundation (ISLF)
Project Summary
Project Title Strengthening the dairy cooperatives in the Vavuniya District and conflict affected border areas.
Project Location Districts of Vavuniya, Northern Province and conflict affected border areas, Sri Lanka
Objectives To improve milk production and increase income of the dairy farmers by introducing integrated livestock, crop, water management and renewable energy.
Project Concept The concept integrates a number inter-related components, namely (a) energy management involving harnessing wind energy to pump water from wells and surface water sources; solar energy to power milk cooling units; and biogas energy for household use; (b) water resources management including supply of clean water for drinking and domestic use, water treatment, erosion control and crop irrigation; (c) crop management including crop and fodder production, crop rotation and intercropping; and (d) dairy management which includes breeding and breed selection, improved dairy cattle nutrition management, increasing milk production, better on-farm preservation of milk, more efficient milk collection, and cattle manure management.
Number of Beneficiaries About 360 dairy farmers belonging to 12 Livestock Breeder Cooperatives (LIBCOs) in the remote areas of the District of Vavuniya and conflict affected border areas.
Project components and activities
(Brief Description)
  • A preparatory study will be undertaken to identify project locations, dairy cooperatives, and options of renewable energy, water management, crop production and livestock best practices.
  • The preparatory study will result in a project document that would clearly define objectives, number of beneficiaries, specifications of technologies, and detailed budgets.
  • With regard to renewable energy, the project will utilize solar panels for powering milk cooling units and agricultural operations. It will experiment with wind mills and biogas will be generated.
  • Use of wind energy to pump water from wells will be explored; the water pumped from wells will meet drinking and household water needs, crop irrigation, livestock watering and fodder production.
  • With regard to dairy improvement, upgrading of cattle by cross breeding using artificial insemination, improved feeding, better milking practices, preservation of milk and improved marketing of milk and milk products will be introduced.
  • Growing fodder grass for stall feeding, community grazing and improved pasture management will be promoted.
  • Dairy farmers will be encouraged to engage in limited crop cultivation in order to diversify their farming operations and minimize risks.
  • Farmers will have greater access to extension services and markets.
Project Duration 3 Years
Project Implementing Organization Sewalanka Foundation
Source of Funds ISLF Funds and Donor Grants
Project Budget US$ 600,000




Connect with us