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* Plans to increase dairy production in Sri Lanka
Wed, Mar 17, 2010, 07:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Livestock Development has initiated an intensive programme to increase the domestic dairy production. The plan targets to increase the domestic milk production up to 50% of local consumption by 2015.

The Secretary to the Ministry Sunimal Senarathna said in a press briefing that the domestic milk production can be increased up to 70% of local consumption by 2017 at the present rate of growth in the industry.

He said that the growth of national dairy production in 2009 was 12%.

The Ministry has initiated a number of programmes to increase the dairy production. The Dairy Villages programme targets to set up 1000 such villages and 720 have been already established.

To promote consumption of fresh milk 491 outlets have been set up island wide now and the Ministry targets to spread these outlets to all villages.

A scheme is underway to set up cattle breeding centers island wide in order to popularize high yielding species in the country.

Sri Lankan government spends 20 billion rupees annually to import milk powder products and this money could be saved and utilized for other development activities if the country could achieve self-sufficiency in dairy production.

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