The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held yesterday (06) decided to allow for 05 private companies to import 4200 milch cows and to release 2771 acres of idle lands owned by the JEDB and the National Livestock Development Board to them to facilitate cattle rearing with the objective of increasing fresh milk production in the country.
This were revealed by Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage today (07) during a press meeting at the Department of Information. He further said that the five companies involved in the project expect to invest Rs. 8275 Mn without any financial burden to the Government.
“The annual fresh milk requirement in the country is around 722 liters while the local production remains at 422 litres. Accordingly one day milk import bill is USD 1 mn. totaling Rs.365 Mn. per year. At present many countries in the World preper to consume fresh milk. Our objective is to familiarize fresh milk consumption in Sri Lanka too and meet the demand through local production increase. This programme is being implemented in line with the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s vision of building production economy instead of subsistence economy.
“2771 acre of idie lands owned by the JEDB and the National Livestock Development board were made available to 04 local companies and 01 foreign company to develop them as grass lands for feeding the imported animal. Grass requirement for 10000 milch cow per day is 45 MT. It has not been possible to obtain maximum milk production in our country due to lack of sufficient animal feeding. Under this project it is expected to increase the number of milch cow upto 2500 by 2025” the Minister stated.