Aug 06, 2010 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan government is to set up two processing plants to increase capacity as milk production grows to provide liquid milk with longer shelf life to consumers, an official said. Government spokesman media minister Keheliya Rambukkwelle said two ultra heat treated milk processing plants will be set up in Colombo and in Colombo north-central Polonnaruwa at a cost of 600 million rupees.
“These plants will make processed milk with a shelf-life of 30-40 days, which is the international standard. Now it is only three days,” he told a news conference.
The funds will be from a loan to be obtained by state-owned Milco through its banks.
“We spend a lot of money on imported milk production. We’re increasing local milk production with the development of the livestock industry.
“The government expects milk production to increase to about half our requirements by 2015 from the current 22 percent and to become self-sufficient later.”
Work on the two plants will start immediately and be completed by 2015.