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Ever more export destinations for Australian animals
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2012, 03:58:41 PM »
Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Livestock and Rural Community Development has taken steps to import 500 high breed dairy cows from Australia in a measure to boost the dairy industry in the country.

A spokesman of the Ministry said that the cows are to arrive in Sri Lanka by ship on March 29 and they are to be taken to the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) farm in Bopaththalawa, Nuwara Eliya.

The government plans to import 4,500 cows under a two-phase project funded by Australia and the Netherlands and develop the dairy farms belonging to National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) to increase the milk production.

Under Phase 1 of the project, 2,000 dairy animals will be imported and the NLDB's Bopaththlawa farm will be developed at a total cost of US$ 12.9 million.

Based on the performance of the Phase 1 animals, the remaining 1,500 cows will be imported and the NLDB's Nikaweratiya and Siringapatha farms will be developed.

The government anticipates the milk production to increase from the current 22 percent to 50 percent of the needs by 2015 as a result of the measures it has taken to develop the livestock industry.

Sri Lanka plans to increase its domestic dairy production to 100 percent of self-sufficiency by 2016.

The government is promoting the consumption of fresh milk among the public in a measure to save billions of rupees it spends on importing powdered milk.