The AgriBusiness Group, as a leader of a consortia made up of AgResearch, PGG Wrightson and Quality Consultants of New Zealand (QCONZ) has been engaged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the New Zealand Aid Programme to implement the Colombia Dairy Value Chain Project. This is a joint New Zealand Aid Programme / Colombian Government development initiative.
The goal of this four year project is to support Colombia to develop a profitable and competitive dairy farming sector (high tropical zone) through widespread adoption of integrated management systems, developed and adapted from New Zealand and Colombia dairy experience and validated under Colombian conditions. The project is primarily focused on Colombia’s small and medium scale farmers in three regions of the Colombian high altitude tropical zone (Nariño, Boyaca and Cundinamarca) which share a similar pasture based dairying system to New Zealand.
The Project was developed and is being implemented in collaboration with Colombian Partners, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the main Colombian research agency Corpoica.
The New Zealand investment in the project will be approximately NZ $4 million supplemented by the Colombian contribution of about NZ $1 million.
Expected outcomes of the project are higher incomes and productivity for small and medium producers of milk.
Good Practice Guides (in Spanish)
Our team in Colombia developed ten good practice guides to help support dairy farmers to adopt good farming practices and make informed decisions. Short videos accompany the guides.
April 2015 to November 2019
Partners and Key Personnel
Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural (MADR)
Corporacion Colombiana de Investigacion Agropecuaria (Agrosavia)
With Consortia members AgResearch Ltd, Quality Consultants NZ Ltd (QCONZ), PGG Wrightson Seeds Ltd and other sub-contractors