Total Cost (EUR): 20 400 000.00
EU contracted amount (EUR): 20 400 000.00
Duration: September 2014 - September 2018
Implementing organisation: REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA
Funding Instrument: Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
Benefitting zone: Colombia
Yvany Uribe Betancur produces milk at the Los Arravanes farm, Entrierros District
The agricultural sector is one of the motors of growth and prosperity in Colombia. The dairy sector produces yearly almost 6800 million liters of milk annually, making it the fourth largest milk producing country in Latin America. The dairy sector accounts for 10% of agricultural GDP, generating around 618 000 jobs in milk production and more than 15 000 in the dairy processing industry. The EU gives priority to sustainable agriculture in its support to Colombia, acknowledging its impact on growth and income and its contribution to environmental protection.
The programme is helping improve agricultural technologies
One component of the project is dedicated to the diffusion of silage conservation practices. According to Julio Cesar Hernandez Grisales, milk producer in the municipality of Sonson, forage conservation in the form of silage has reduced milk production costs by letting him store food for four or five months. 'Silage conservation makes us more efficient, increasing feed supply during the dry season', says Francisco Restrepo Restrepo, another participant in the project.
Another component helps livestock companies specialised in the production of milk improving their administrative management practices. Luz Dary Perez Nareña is a milk producer who has benefitted from software for the management of production costs, provided by the programme: 'The software is very easy to use', says Luz. 'Thanks to it, we can control how expensive it is for us to produce a litre of milk and we understand how to be more efficient.'
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