Pelwatte Dairy Industries Limited (PDIL), the Sri Lankan dairy giant, has not slowed down its production or output but is effectively navigating Sri Lankan diary industry’s annual “Lean Season of December-April” sequence.
Susantha Malwatte, the Deputy General Manager of Pelwatte Dairy Industries Limited said: “There is no truth in the social media reports which incorrectly hintat suspension of PDIL production or sudden shortages of Pelwatte products. Pelwatte factories are continuing their production runs as usual. There is only the predictable dip in the output levels due to the annual “December-March” industry output decline. This is the usual Seasonal Lean Period of Dairy Farmers’ output experienced during December-March period. This is not specific only to Pelwatte Dairy but regularly experienced by all Sri Lankan dairy producers and the industry supply chain. From May-June to October, more milk is supplied to the processing market resulting in higher production of milk for that period while December – March is the season of lean period, which is what is taking place at present. Our high milking cycle in May-October dries up by December as the cows lay back for their next cycle of pregnancy and delivery. This pattern of lower dairy output does not stop PDIL from continuing its assistance to the farming community.”
In Y2020/’21, PDIL increased its farmer – base by 16%, supporting over 10,000 dairy farmers and other associated families thus making its own contribution to the national dairy supply chain. In fact, in the in Pandemic hit 2020/’21, PDIL’s farmer pay-outs have increased by a huge 70%. The company’s resilience throughout the uncertain times ensured its production process to function well with no interruptions-even resulting in the doubling of its production output in certain categories, and making 2020/’21 a winning year for PDIL.In the year, PDIL’s Gross Profits almost doubled, growing by a strong 180% in comparison to 2019/’20. In the same period, the Profits Before Tax (PBT) too increased by 148%.
“The good news is that despite we are now amid the Lean Season, PDIL factories are continuing their production runs since we anticipated this situation and planned for it well in advance” adds Deputy General Manager Susantha Malwatte.