SL to get help from India’s NDDB to develop dairy industry

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Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee to work with India’s Nationwide Dairy Growth Board (NDDB) to develop the island nation’s dairy business.

The committee consisting of representatives of the private and non-private sectors will work with the multidisciplinary group of the NDDB to organize a brief, medium and long-term plan to extend native milk manufacturing to scale back the nation’s dependence on imported milk powder.

“The NDDB and India’s Amul Milk Company have taken steps to provide the necessary technical support for the production of liquid milk in Sri Lanka,” the President’s Media Division (PMD) mentioned.

“It was discussed at length about doubling local milk production by implementing short and medium-term plans and making Sri Lanka self-sufficient in milk in the long run through a targeted programme,” the PMD famous.

NDDB’s Senior General Supervisor Rajesh Onkarnath Gupta, General Supervisor Sunil ShivprasadSinha, Senior Supervisor Rajesh Kumar Sharma and different representatives participated within the dialogue with officers from Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Ministry and the Nationwide Livestock Growth Board.

Consuming largely powdered milk, Sri Lanka imports milk powder from New Zealand and the island nation’s month-to-month consumption of milk powder is round 6,500 metric tonnes.

In keeping with reviews, Sri Lanka spends round $400 million a yr for the importation of milk powder.

Varied governments have tried to cease importing milk powder and promote liquid milk as drain of {dollars} has turn out to be a serious burden on the ailing economic system.

Amongst different necessities milk and powdered milk particularly for kids went on scarcity early this yr primarily attributable to inflation and greenback crunch.

Shortages of different meals gadgets, gasoline, cooking fuel and drugs lead folks to take to streets and topple the Rajapaksa authorities earlier this yr.

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