Tetra Pak and DeLaval, sister companies in the Tetra Laval Group, today signed a 5 year agreement with the Dairy Association of China to provide training to Chinese dairy farm managers.
Since 2008, the Chinese government has been driving a transition from household farming activities, involving just a handful of cows, to medium- or large-sized farms, which have more than 100 milk-producing cows.
Their aim is to improve farming efficiency, increase product quality and enhance standards of animal welfare. By 2020, the government hopes to raise the proportion of dairy cows reared on such farms to 60%, compared with 45% today. However, a shortage of qualified managers, capable of running operations of this scale, threatens to prevent them from achieving that ambition. Through the agreement, 150 managers will be trained over the next 5 years, providing them with the skills required to run larger-scale dairy farms.
China must develop its own dairy farming industry
Professor Li Shengli, Professor of the China Agricultural University and Chief Scientist of Dairy Farming engaged by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture said, "China's liquid milk consumption is still low, at less than 20 litres per capita. This is approximately half the average consumption in Asia, and one fifth the average in Europe. However, rising disposable income, combined with people's desire to improve their quality of life, means the size and growth potential of the domestic market is huge; China must develop its own dairy farming industry."
"We are happy to see that Tetra Pak and DeLaval are taking the initiative to help us bridge the skill gap in the Chinese farming sector. Once trained, these individuals will be able to share their knowledge with their peers and, in turn, help raise the standard of farming in China," he added.