No toxic material in MILCO products
In the backdrop of recent allegations that toxic material was found
in some brands of imported milk powder, the nationís primary milk
producing company, MILCO (Pvt) Ltd, confirmed that there is no toxic
material in their milk powder or other dairy products. MILCO Chairman
Sunil Wickramasinghe told the Sunday Observer that their products are
tested at regular intervals and no traces of any chemicals were found in
Wickramasinghe projected that Sri Lanka will produce 70 percent of
its total milk requirements by 2016. Total self-sufficiency in milk will
be achieved a few years later, saving a staggering US$ 400 million per
year to the national coffers which could be used to improve the dairy
farming sector, he said.
An average of 85,000 tonnes of milk products are imported every year,
costing about Rs.30 billion, he said. The countryís present milk
production has exceeded 200,000 litres per day which will be
systematically increased to achieve self-sufficiency, he said.
The import of hybrid cattle from Australia and other countries,
expanding the dairy farming network throughout the country including in
the North and the East and introducing new breeding methods will be some
of the measures to increase milk production, he said.
Last yearís import of 84,000 tonnes of milk products cost the
national coffers Rs.30 billion, the MILCO Chairman said, adding that
last yearís milk production recorded a 31 percent increase over the