What can the emerging dairy countries learn from Europe and the US?
“Dairy countries in Europe and US are quality oriented, have professionally managed dairy farms and a good cooperation with stakeholders such as governments. This expertise and best practises can be transferred to emerging markets to improve the quality of raw milk and safeguard the license to produce so that (professional) small holders can stay in business. Farmers, milk processors, service suppliers and governments can shape the right environment for improvement through regulations, education and monitoring. To control that the proper execution of tasks and fulfilment of regulations is being met, inspection and monitoring can be done by an independent milk testing laboratory and animal health service organisation.”
The global dairy industry is under a lot of pressure. What is needed to improve prices again?
“Price is a result of supply and demand. Volatile milk prices will be more likely than in the past. Professional farm management, commercial farm size, quality oriented, and effective policies by governments will be key for a sustainable and profitable dairy sector.”
What is the main message you want to bring forward in your presentation at the WDS?
“The ultimate challenge is to provide people all over the world with the appropriate nutrients. Milk by nature contains essential nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins B2 and B12 and minerals such as calcium. As dairy industry and dairy farmers we have to make a contribution to solving 3 global challenges: the growing world population, enough farmers to grow food and the scarcity of natural resources. Farmers all over the world must be able to generate a high enough income to allow responsible business operations and to create a positive future for themselves and their children. Our FrieslandCampina Dairy Development Programme supports farmers all around the world to produce more and better milk, implement good dairy farming practices and be competitive with world market prices.”
Why is it so important that dairy producers and dairy professionals come together at an event like WDS?
“An event like WDS brings Dairy into a leadership role on key societal issues and advocates the vision with key stakeholders. In this respect for DDP: ensuring a resilient dairy sector, able to meet growing demand for safe, nutritious dairy products, while promoting the economic, environmental and social value for dairying worldwide.”
The World Dairy Summit is held in De Doelen (venue), in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from October 16-21. Registration can be done here.