DIMO Plantseeds introduces Veera to further uplift Dairy Industry
Veera produces healthy plants that can be fed to dairy cows to improve their milk production and is an ideal solution for the shortage of animal feed in the industry. Plantseeds is a provider of hybrid seeds in the local market. Plantseeds is the market leader in the watermelon hybrid seeds category and the second largest seed paddy supplier to the nation.
This new maize variety will assist dairy farmers in providing a healthy diet for their animals and improving the quality of the milk production, as dairy cows require a diet that supplies the adequate nutritional requirement to yield a higher output. As an economical solution, Veera will assist the farmers to reach the maximum milk production potential of their animals.
Sri Lanka’s dairy industry has tremendous potential to contribute to the country’s economic development. “We believe that the industry needs to focus more on nutritional animal feed and increase the supply base to improve the productivity of the dairy sector in Sri Lanka. Identifying this dire need, DIMO Plantseeds took the initiative to introduce Veera to the local market”, stated Priyanga Dematawa, the Chief Operating Officer of DIMO Agribusinesses.
Companies who are concentrating on silage production are able to easily cultivate Veera variety, targeting Sri Lanka’s dairy farmers on a mass scale.
Hemal Atapattu, the Deputy General Manager of DIMO Plantseeds stated, “plant of this variety is used as cattle feed and with its high resistance to any weather condition, entrepreneurs who seek new income avenues can grow this variety in dry zone areas where one can find an ample number of lands for farming, to successfully meet the animal feed demand in the dairy industry. Plantseeds also expects to collaborate with these entrepreneurs to facilitate them with the technical know-how on cultivating Veera for commercial silage production”.
Veera is a high yielding forage maize variety which provides 80 ton/ha and can be harvested within 75-80 days after seeding at milk ripening stage. Veera is also the only maize seed variety that has been approved by Veterinary Research Institute in Sri Lanka.