Lahore - The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted an interactive session on “Exploring Opportunities in the Dairy Sector: Avenues of Pak-Dutch Cooperation” at the Pearl Continental Hotel in collaboration with the Dairy Training Centre and Solve AgriPak.

Frans van Rijn, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy, welcomed the guests, who represented the corporate dairy sector, academia, various government and skills development bodies and the media. Coming on the heels of the resumption of cattle trade between the Netherlands and Pakistan, the event was an interactive gathering and an occasion for information sharing. Mr. Van Rijn said, “Pakistan is the third largest milk producing country in the world. However, its population is growing fast and so is the demand for dairy products. The sector will need to expand and modernise quickly to provide in this growing demand. As a fellow dairy producing nation, the Netherlands can help Pakistan in this regard. He added, “Indeed it’s a perfect match: the Dutch have the products, the expertise and the services needed by Pakistan to make this transition in the dairy sector.

The Netherlands is a small country with less than 17 million people but it is the 2nd biggest agricultural exporter in the world. The Dutch are known for their high-quality, high-intensity and high-sustainability agribusiness – especially in this field.”

Mr. Anne Terpstra, a representative of DTC, spoke about how the right management and the right animals can increase profitability: “Managing dairy animals is the one of the most complex jobs in the world.

Dairy farming professionals in Pakistan need to brush-up their practical skills in a way that they are able to communicate with their cows in order to identify issues in the farm management and provide corrective measures for enhanced productivity. With such good management, Dutch dairy animals in Pakistan can produce at the same high levels as they do in the Netherlands.”

Mr. Terpstra has therefore been conducting a five-day training on Applied Dairy Farm Management and has had the opportunity to visit some local farms around Lahore.

He explained how the Dutch Holstein Frisian cows have been bred over generations to become the premier breed of cattle for high quality and high quantity dairy production. Such cattle could also fare very well in Pakistan.

Mr. Adil Shakeel, a representative of the Corporate Dairy Farmers Association, spoke about the opportunities present in the dairy sector and the need to enhance productivity and profitability through engaging with the Dutch who had cattle, technical expertise, products and services that could help the Pakistan dairy sector advance rapidly.