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Sri Lanka to import 4,200 dairy cows

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the importation of 4,200 dairy cows to five private companies to increase the production of liquid milk in the country and also to provide them with 2771 acres of abandoned land belonging to the Janatha Estate Development Board and the Livestock Development Board to maintain dairy herds, Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.

The Minister made this observation joining the weekly cabinet media briefing held today at the Government Information Department.

The Minister said that the government will not invest any money in this project and the five companies will invest Rs. 8,275 million in this project.

He said that the country’s annual milk requirement is 722 million liters. However, the current milk production in the country is 422 million liters. Due to this, 365 million US dollars per year is being spent on the importation of milk powder.

“All countries in the world are now used to consuming more liquid milk.We hope to popularize liquid milk in Sri Lanka as well by making all necessary measures to fulfill the local milk demand,” he added.

“We are implementing this programme in accordance with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy of building a productive economy instead of a dependent economy,” he added.

Cabinet approval has been granted to allocate 2,771 acres of unused land under the Janatha Estate Development Board and the Livestock Ministry to four local companies and a foreign company to cultivate grass for cattle.

Ten thousand milch cows need 45 metric tonnes of grass per day.The maximum amount of milk available from dairy cows in our country cannot be milked due to lack of adequate grasslands. The project is expected to increase the number of dairy cows to 2,5000 by 2025.

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