Apr 21, Colombo: The environmental regulator of Sri Lanka, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has taken measures to address the environmental issues that had arisen with the growing animal husbandry industry in the country.
The growth in livestock farming in large scale has created many environmental issues in Sri Lanka. The major issues among them, according to the CEA, are the odor problems, contamination of water sources from solid waste disposal and effluent discharges.
The CEA jointly with the Department of Animal Production and Health and the Ministry of Health has taken measures to address these issues to ensure highest possible standards in respective environments, animal production and health aspects.
The Authority has launched three books containing guidelines on Piggery, Poultry and goat and cattle farms, at a ceremony held with the participation of Minister of Environmental and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayantha, the Government Media Unit said.
Chairman of CEA, D.W. Prathapasinghe delivering a speech at the event has described the items based on the introduction of guidelines for livestock farming, biological and health issues in livestock farming and how animal waste / fish waste can be converted in to a value added product.
Minister Premajayantha addressing the event has emphasized that the guide books can be used as a platform to develop a fair correlation among farmers and other government and private institutions involved in livestock farming as well as the general public.
By using these guideline books, farmers can gather broad knowledge about how to carry out eco-friendly livestock farming, he has pointed out.
The Minister has advised to consider only these guidelines for issuing of future environmental license for livestock farms.