Rs. 350m project to boost dairy production
A project for small scale dairy farming improvement through Genetic
and Feeding Management Improvement (GFMI) to increase milk production
and income of dairy farmers has been drawn up, JICA (Japan International
Cooperation Agency) sources said. An agreement will be signed to this
effect soon, they said.
The project was formulated after a survey by Ex-ante Evaluation Team
on small scale dairy farming improvement to form a JICA Technical
The allocation for the five year project will be Rs. 350 million. The
Livestock Development Ministry will make arrangements for domestic
expenses and will provide basic logistics of project sites, allocation
of required counterpart personnel and animals for semen production.
A series of discussions was held between the Livestock Development
Ministry, Animal Production and Health (DOAP&H) Department, National
Livestock Development Board (NLDB), dairy farmers in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya
and Kurunegala and Artificial Insemination Centres.
After concluding surveys, the team proposed a tentative framework of
the proposed project and exchanged minutes between JICA and authorities
of the Ministry of Livestock Development and the Department of External
Resources of the Finance and Planning Ministry. ‘’Everything has been
finalised and we are pending on the approval of the agreement to be
signed’’, JICA spokesman told the Daily News. According to the
agreement, the project aims at increasing milk production and income of
dairy farmers by developing breeding and dairy management. The main
objectives of the projects are to introduce sustainable progeny testing
programme for improvement of quality of dairy herd and adaptation of
improved animal feeding and dairy management techniques.