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Thursday, January 06, 2011 - 08.26 GMT

Import levies on dairy animals removed


Cabinet approval was granted for the removal of all levies on the imports of all pure bred dairy cows and dairy equipment on a proposal made by the Minister of Livestock and Rural Community Development Arumugan Thondaman.

This was announced by Cabinet Spokesman and the Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella today (6) following the Cabinet decisions taken on Wednesday.

It is estimated that the country needs to have an additional 100,000 high yielding cows to achieve self sufficiency in milk production in 2016 from its current status quo of 35% self reliance.

In addition, on a proposal made by Minister Thondaman, Cabinet granted approval was to increase the minimum farm gate purchase price of fresh milk to Rs.50/- per 1tr in keeping with the 2011 Budget Proposals presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The country has reached 35% self-reliance in local milk production and it is envisaged to become 100% self sufficient by 2016, thereby saving a considerable amount of foreign exchange spent for the importation of milk powder.





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