President wants to increase fresh milk production
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to launch a short and long term plan with the public and private sector, as well as small farmers, to meet the local demand for liquid milk.
The President pointed out that there is a need to improve grassroots dairy breeding and research institute services and achieve the targets expeditiously.
The President stated this at a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on the future plans of the State Ministry of Livestock, Farm Promotion and Dairy and Egg-Related Industries yesterday (14).
Less than 40 per cent of the country's annual milk requirement is produced locally, and the President had promised in his Policy Statement that steps would be taken to increase liquid milk production in the next decade.
Accordingly, the Government intends to expand research to introduce dairy varieties suitable for various parts of the country.
Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated that steps have been taken to raise 15,000 dairy cows with the participation of 15 plantation companies with the aim of increasing milk production.
Expanding poultry and egg production and directing large-scale producers to export markets were also discussed.
Private sector investors said in a meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday that they expect to earn US$ 16 million in foreign exchange from exports of eggs, poultry and related products this year.