The government plans to import 2,500 milch cows from Australia in a bid to make Sri Lanka self sufficient from milk by 2025 and also restrict importing of milk powder that costs the government Rs. 50 billion annually, Cabinet spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said today.
Minister Pathirana told the weekly cabinet news briefing that the Sri Lanka’s daily production capacity of milk was 1.2 million liters and with the import of 2,500 milch cows from Australia, the capacity would increase by 100,000 liters per day.
”The daily demand for milk is 3.5 million liters and the gap is met by importing of milk powder at a cost of Rs. 50 billion annually which is a huge burden to the Treasury. Under the ‘Saubhagya’ (Prosperity) programme, the government expects to be self sufficient in milk by 2025, Mister Pathirana stressed.
A memo to import 2,500 milch cows submitted by Agriculture Minister Chamal Rajapaksa got the green light from the cabinet on Wednesday, he added.(Sandun A Jayasekera)
Comments - 4
Sokrates Thursday, 28 May 2020 02:29 PM
A useless matter because the farmers do not know how to treat this special cows and how to feed them. At first the farmers have to underwent a training.
Bull Friday, 29 May 2020 11:58 AM
Why did we not keep the cows in that country and import the milk. Would have been quite cheap.
Lakmal Kahawela Friday, 29 May 2020 07:14 PM
As already we 225 cows, government needs only to import 2275
dara Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:38 AM
We still remember how cows imported last time and how politicians acquired better and then disosed reminging among farmers,while earning unethical commission also
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