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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 5.14 GMT

President calls for increased milk production


President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed authorities in the livestock development and dairy product industry to implement a suitable programme for promoting the use of organic dairy products, with an emphasis to produce nutritionally superior liquid milk for the country.

The President said so while on a visit to the Polonnaruwa milk factory of Milco Private Limited to inspect its activities. President instructed officials to expand its operations to increase liquid milk production.

President Rajapaksa pointed out that the country imports more than 75, 000 metric tonnes of milk powder annually, for which it pays round 400 million US dollars. If the country could save such huge sums of money from going to foreign countries, it could be used for development activities, said the President.

He also requested officials to work with more dedication by providing healthy dairy products to the public against those genetically engineered livestock products which are available in the market.






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