Sri Lankan government to increase country’s dairy production to meet domestic demand
Chairman of Sri Lanka’s Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Task Force Basil Rajapaksa has reportedly said that the government of Sri Lanka will increase the country’s dairy production to meet the domestic demand.
Rajapaksa has made these observations at a meeting held recently at Temple Trees with state officials.
Rajapaksa has reportedly noted that food security and nutrition would be a key area that the government is focused on improving to lift the living standards of the public.
The Prime Minister’s Media Office in a statement has said the Government intends to develop large-scale dairy farms as well as small-scale dairy farms, to increase local milk production.
According to Rajapaksa, the country’s annual local milk requirement is 1200 million litres while the current milk production was only 420 million litres.
Rajapaksa has noted that the gap can be bridged, if people can be accustomed to consume fresh milk.
The amount of milk that can be made from 8 litres of liquid milk is much more than that from 1 kg of milk powder, he has stated.
The Prime Minister’s Media Office has added that plans have been made for the importation and production of effective seeds for maize cultivation.
Rajapaksa has also noted that maize production should be increased from 3.8 metric tons to 7 metric tons per hectare.
Sri Lanka’s target of becoming self sufficient in dairy milk has opened up many business/investment opportunities in the country’s dairy industry. The government of Sri Lanka has also decided to offer incentives to businesses engaged in the dairy industry. Along with the development of the country’s dairy industry, there are also opportunities to set up businesses/projects that are connected to the sector, which is a growing industry.
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