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Ministry of Agriculture decided to name pasture grasses cultivated for animal feed as an agricultural crop.

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Since cultivation of pasture grasses required for animal feed production is not carried out sufficiently at private or commercial level, lack of pasture grasses required for animal feed production has adversely affected the upgrade of livestock industry in the country. Lack of high quality pasture grasses is one of the reasons for reduction of daily milk production faced by farmers and industrialists who are engaged in dairy farming in our country.

The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to cultivate high quality pasture species such as CO3, CO5, Pachon and Napier, which enhance the quality and quantity of milk production, in the lands which are not suitable to cultivate any other crops.

Also, the Ministry has taken steps to name pasture grasses as an agricultural crop.

At the discussion held recently with livestock industrialists at the Ministry of Agriculture, the said industrialists pointed out the unavailability of high quality pasture grasses for animal feed production in the country. They said that if farmers cultivate pasture grasses they can purchase them at a higher price or else they can invest money and cultivate pasture grasses by themselves if suitable lands are provided by the government.

In particular, pasture grasses are needed to produce silage which is given to dairy cattle as an animal feed.

Therefore, livestock industrialists made a request to name pasture grasses as an agricultural crop to facilitate the cultivation of pasture grasses in Sri Lanka.

Cultivation of pasture grasses will also generate an additional income for farmers.

Taking into account the above matters, the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to name pasture grasses as an agricultural crop in line with the programme implemented to upgrade the livestock industry in the country.

Currently, there are 47,000 acres of fallow paddy lands in the country and 11,000 acres of fallow paddy lands in which no crop can be cultivated, has been identified in the Western Province. The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to select such fallow paddy lands and other unproductive lands and to provide necessary facilities to farmers to cultivate pasture grasses required for animal feed production.

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17-05-2024

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