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The National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) said today it had recently decided to increase the import of cows from 10,000 to 20,000 this year to promote the consumption of fresh milk instead of powdered milk.

NLDB Deputy Chairman Lakshman Hullugalle said 500 cows had already been imported from Australia and another 1,500 would be imported in two months time.

NLDB sources said Sri Lanka spent a staggering US$4,000 million on the import of milk powder annually and that importing cows would be less expensive and cost effective for the country in the long run.

However he said the total monetary value of the cows imported this year had not been determined but it is expected to be worth millions. Millions of rupees will be spent for the purpose of feeding, maintaining and housing the cows in the upcountry.

Mr. Hullugalle said pregnant cows would also be imported and would further increase the herd of cows and milk production in the country. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • wantok Mali Friday, 17 August 2012 02:00 AM

    Makes good business sense if managed properly would make a lot off new employment ..And what about the Camels that were supposed to be brought down here as well???

    Mugunth Friday, 17 August 2012 09:12 AM

    There are so many cows in government , why they want to import?

    solo Friday, 17 August 2012 03:05 AM

    They will not milk Instead they suck the blood of people.

    CowDung Wednesday, 15 August 2012 06:51 PM

    Price of beef will go down soon.

    gowravi Thursday, 16 August 2012 06:34 AM

    Export Milk ?? U mean to say like export Elelctricity to India as Champa said ?? Good joke

    Political Illiterate Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:57 PM

    The upcountry green pastures will be dotted with 20000 black and white dotted cows. What a great transformation for tourism - Green background dotted with Cows - a definite attraction for tourism and Milk. More employment too - presumably milkers, collection centres and processing plants. Upcountry to Cow country! we could export Milk powder too in the future!

    Rohan Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:01 AM

    WOW!! More than milk $$$ are nutritious. Why cant we export and part exchange some of the corrupt cattle who are ruling the country as they are plenty, may be foreign countries can use them for test purposes specially the brains.

    Mr. B Wijeyasingha Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:49 PM

    I wonder what species of cows have been imported. Sri Lanka has the Brahmin bull species of cows which has a low yield of milk but combine them with European species of cows and milk production increases

    Ran banda Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:52 PM

    Hope you don't spill all the milk into the drain .

    Kira Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:07 AM

    Yes, we have enough bulls here in Sti Lanka. ha ha.

    Tyrone Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:30 AM

    Why? Don't we have enough of them in the Government

    silva Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:17 AM

    You hit the nail on the head. What does this man know about dairy farming , what are his qualifications ?

    jack Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:17 AM

    we have a cow farm parliament

    das Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:35 AM

    We have only buffaloes, and too many of them.

    JAY PATHBEY Thursday, 16 August 2012 02:20 AM

    It is a good business move to import livestock, especially cows. But for 20,000 cows where are the grazing lands, barley wheet or corn feed.

    Do we have infrastructure to maintain these poor animals. If done scientifically if could be a gold mine while providing an essential source of vitamin D and calcium for all. But who in Sri Lanka knowsanything about largescale cattle farming.

    Nodrog Thursday, 16 August 2012 02:45 AM

    Obviously someones making a buck here because just recently dairy farmers threw away their milk. because the NLDB was not buying it.

    Fazli Thursday, 16 August 2012 03:17 AM

    All in all waste of more puplic funds

    Varuna Friday, 17 August 2012 05:43 AM

    He's a cow.
    Knows he about milk, that's how !
    ...
    Bow wow !

    simple mind Thursday, 16 August 2012 09:15 AM

    Whats going to happen to the 225 cows @ Diyawanna. Whose going to take them.

    gona Friday, 17 August 2012 05:57 AM

    what about the cows in parliment? what happens to them?

    Serendipity Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:11 AM

    Is it really necessary to import, how about a few from the farm bordering Diyawanna Oya.

    Sue Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:02 AM

    Poor cows. Ours go abroad to seek greener pastures while these come here for what?

    willows Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:21 AM

    sri lankan bulls will be very happy??

    asanka Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:03 AM

    i thought that we have enough !


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