Incentives for Dairy farming in 2022 – Aluthgamage

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021
News Incentives for Dairy farming in 2022 – Aluthgamage

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

Ministry of Agriculture is ready to provide tax relief, low interest loans, land and all other necessary assistance to local investors interested in dairy farming and increasing the production of fresh milk has been announced as a Government policy to which a large sum of money has been allocated for 2022 Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Tuesday (7). He said by 2024, Sri Lanka should be able to produce 80 per cent of its fresh milk requirement. 

The Minister pointed out that by increasing the production of fresh milk and encouraging its consumption, a large amount of money that goes to foreign countries for powdered milk could be saved annually.

He said these while addressing a workshop on challenges and methods of promoting liquid milk production at the BMICH.

“People in Sri Lanka need 720 million litres of liquid milk annually for consumption. However, the annual production of liquid milk in our country is around 420 million litres. Out of them our people consume very little. They also buy milk from rural dairy farmers and sell it to companies. Apart from that a programme to encourage people to drink liquid milk will be implemented. I invite young people to open liquid milk outlets in major cities including Colombo. We are ready to provide all necessary assistance for that,” he said.

 “The Department of Animal Production and Health has been working for a long time to raise milk production in the country or to increase the import of powdered milk. Farmers who have been involved in dairy farming in the country in the recent past have not been able to conceive former dairy cows. This is due to the shortage of artificial insemination officers. There are 600 such vacancies. We have spoken to the Ministry of Finance this year and we hope to fill all the vacancies and increase the production and consumption of liquid milk in the country by 80 per cent by 2024,” he said.

State Minister of Livestock Development P.B. Herath said that rural dairy farmers could be educated and double the current milk intake. The Minister of State also said that this will increase the amount of liquid milk currently produced locally by about 25 per cent by 2022.

“Increasing the consumption of liquid milk and increasing the production of liquid milk in comparison has now been announced as a government policy. Accordingly, a large sum of money has been allocated to our State Ministry for the year 2022. Until 1977 the consumption of liquid milk in our country was at a high level. Due to the actions of successive governments, the consumption of liquid milk as well as the production of liquid milk has declined”.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021

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