Boost for dairy milk industry
The Livestock Development Ministry has embarked on a dairy milk
industry promotion programme.
In addition to the Government funds, the United Nations Development
programme has allocated Rs. 30 million for the uplift livestock projects
in the province.
Priority is being given to elevate milk production in addition to
encouraging farmers to take to goat and paultry farming.
As a remedial measure to overcome the scarcity of animals the
Livestock Development Ministry with the assistance of the Government
Agent and the veterinary officials in the Batticaloa district has
initiated a programme to catch stray cattle and hand them over to owners
or farmers or organisations keen on engaging in the dairy milk industry.
Under this rehabilitation scheme, 75,000 cattle have been returned to
owners, Dr. Wasantha Piyadasa, a director of the Ministry said.