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Three new bilateral agreements aimed at enhancing cooperation between India and Sri Lanka were signed during the meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and President Ranil Wickremesinghe today.

The inauguration of the third phase of the housing project, supported by Indian loan assistance, was conducted during the meeting, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

These projects include the modernization of 27 schools in the Northern Province, housing initiatives in Mannar and Anuradhapura, improvements to the Hatton Thondaman Vocational Training Centre and Pussellawa Saraswati Central College, the construction of a multi-ethnic trilingual school in Polonnaruwa, the establishment of 2,889 rainwater harvesting projects in the Jaffna area, the promotion of vegetable cultivation in the Dambulla area and the construction of greenhouse facilities with a capacity of 5,000 metric tons for fruit preservation. 

Additionally, a new surgical unit for the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital will be promptly built as part of these efforts.

An agreement concerning a joint project involving the Indian National Dairy Development Board, the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation of India (Amul), and the Cargills Group of Sri Lanka was signed with the aim of elevating Sri Lanka's local dairy industry. This agreement emerged as a result of President Ranil Wickremesinghe's official visit to India and allocation of funding for the modernization of Sri Lanka's livestock sector.

The primary objective of this new project is to increase milk production by 53% within the first five years and achieve self-sufficiency in milk production for Sri Lanka within 15 years. As part of this endeavour, it is anticipated that approximately 200,000 local farmers will be empowered through the provision of facilities such as high-quality medicines, animal nutrition and technical support.

Furthermore, this initiative encompasses digitalization of the livestock sector, investments in new technologies to enhance the quality of milk-related by-products and ensuring access to milk-related products at affordable prices.

In addition to this significant agreement, a special commemorative logo was unveiled today to celebrate the 75 years of Indo-Sri Lankan relations.

  Comments - 11

  • Karalasingam Sivalingam Wednesday, 11 October 2023 08:40 PM

    Excellent agreements, multiracial communities to get a boost for agricultrual, habitat, economic development,focus been met.

    Reza Wednesday, 11 October 2023 09:01 PM

    Such a small country and population in a blessed county that’s only negative is crooked politicians. Reason why we have to be begging and selling our motherland to India and China.

    Rope round the neck Thursday, 12 October 2023 12:12 AM

    India is tightening its grip round our neck taking advantage of our economic woes.Only people like Sivalingams would hail it,sadly.

    Sellappah Nagarajah Thursday, 12 October 2023 01:21 AM

    No words to describe our honest president to improve Sri Lanka

    VRAJ Thursday, 12 October 2023 02:48 AM


    Government sending the next generation to hell encouraging too much farming Thursday, 12 October 2023 03:36 AM

    200,000 local farmers for milk production. Another failure in the making. Aiming for self-sufficiency with agricultural product, instead of putting maximum revenue of dollars first is clear sign of delusion.

    Sellappah Nagarajah Thursday, 12 October 2023 03:37 AM

    Ranil is doing an excellent job. He must also prosecute the the three brothers who ruined the country.

    Sambo Thursday, 12 October 2023 07:13 AM

    Bilateral agreements or by force agreements in India's favor.

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 12 October 2023 07:20 AM

    They are closing on the grip on Sri Lanka after giving us high interest credit line which could only be used to buy their cheap products at inflated prices. Anything signed with India will be only on their favor.

    Gamini Thursday, 12 October 2023 08:53 AM

    atleast these are beneficial to the people if implemented, instead of the useless projects by the Chinese from which only the Rajapakshas benefitted

    Amith Thursday, 12 October 2023 01:45 PM

    Excellent agreements for the benefit of the local Sri Lanka people. For some it has become a habit to curse India. India Sri Lanka are Iron solid brothers.

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