Milch cows from Netherlands
The Government has decided to import 20,000 milch cows from the
Netherlands this year to increase local milk production and meet the
requirements of fresh milk within the country. Two thousand milch cows
have been already imported from Australia and another 2500 milch cows
would be imported to Sri Lanka from Australia soon.
These milch cows would be nurtured at Government Farms in Hambantota
and Ridiyagama and the infrastructural facilities of these farms would
be developed at a cost of Rs.15 million said a senior zonal manager J.
Gunesekera of the Ministry of Livestock Development in Kurunegala
He said that 15,000 unemployed educated youth would get direct and
indirect job opportunities in Kurunegala and Puttalam Districts from
dairy farming development activities. one hundred and fifty youngsters
interested in dairy management would be trained on new techniques of
cattle keeping this year, Gunasekara said.