A special meeting between the plantation companies and the local investment groupswas held on 26.08.2020 (today) under the leadership of the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage with a view of producing milk within the country itself targeting Sri Lanka to make self-sufficient under ‘Prosperity Vision’ of His Excellency the President.
The Minister further added........
‘There are 22 plantation companies throughout the country. We urged a plantation company to buy thousand milk cows. For that, the government will provide necessary infrastructure facilities. Accordingly, technical knowledge, relief, financial assistance, land for livestock feed production and other facilities will also be provided.
Through this project,the current annual milk production in the country will increase from 422 million litters to 750 million litters. We expect to get the assistance from the Ministry of Plantation Industries for this project. In this way, we will protect the local milk producers. All what they have to do is only buying livestock for such 22 plantation companies. We will provide all those facilities as we stated. Accordingly, the government will provide all the facilities which are required for 22,000 milk cows. That is how we expect to increase the contribution of Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of agriculture.This is because the contribution of agriculture to the GDP has previously been 37%. But in the past it hasdrastically dropped to 7%. Milk production which stands an important component of agriculture, is very important. Therefore, to protect the milk producers, these new programs will be implemented as per the instructions of His Excellency the President.
A large number of people including the Minister Kanaka Herath, Janaka Vakumbura, the Member of Parliament, the representatives of government and private sector plantation companies and Investment Promotion Board attended at this event.