September 17, 2020
Sri Lanka president instructs officials to meet domestic demand for milk
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to implement both short-term and long-term plans in collaboration with the public, private sectors and small-scale farmers to meet the domestic demand for liquid milk.
The president stressed the need to improve grass cultivation, dairy cow breeding and research institute services in order to achieve the set targets expeditiously.
Rajapaksa made these remarks on September 14 during a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat on the future activities of the State Ministry of Livestock Farm Promotion and Dairy and Egg Related Industries.
Locally produced milk makes up less than 40% of Sri Lanka's annual need.
As a result, local residents are deprived of the opportunity to consume nutritious fresh milk.
In his National Policy Framework "Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour", Rajapaksa pledged to increase liquid milk production in the next decade.
"The government intends to expand the research activities that would help in introducing new breeds of dairy cattle suitable for different geographical areas of the country," said the president via the government's media division.
The cultivation of high-quality grasses and cattle feed production to increase the production of milk was also discussed during the meeting.
"Small scale dairy farmers provided 85% of the total liquid milk production," said Basil Rajapaksa, the Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival.
Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said: "Measures have been taken to rear 15,000 milking cows with the assistance of 15 estate companies with the aim of increasing dairy production."
Expanding the production of chicken and eggs and diverting large scale producers to the export market was also discussed during the meeting. Investors of the private sector said they are anticipating foreign exchange earnings of US$16 million in 2020 by exporting eggs, chicken, and related products.
- News 1st