Sri Lanka to imports 4,500 dairy cows to state farms

Jan 18, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run National Livestock Development Board is spending 28.537 million US dollars to import 4,500 dairy cows, of which 500 animals have already arrived in the country, information minister Keheliya Ramukwelle said. The cows will be distributed among three farms in Bopaththalawa, Nikaweratiya and Sirignapatha.

Under the first stage 500 cows have already arrived in the country and 1,500 are due shortly.

The agreement submitted by livestock minister Arumugam Thondaman, had been approved by the cabinet of ministers, Rambukwelle said.

Sri Lanka has a goal of becoming ‘self-sufficient’ in milk and milk products are heavily taxed to give high profits to dairy farmers and enterprises.