By Rose Kenny
The newly appointed Livestock Development Minister Ranjith Maddumabanhdara vowed to take steps to uplift the dairy industry in the country and transform it into a profitable industry. He assured that the local dairy farmers would be given all assistance to uplift the dairy industry as it is the responsibility of the government to protect the local dairy farmers.
In addition to his ministerial portfolio as the Minister of State Administration and Disaster Management, Minister Madduma Bandara also took over the ministry of Livestock Development and visited the Milco Factory in Naranhenpita.
The minister also handed over six lorries worth Rs. 5 million each and three bowsers worth around Rs. 22.8 million each to Milco during his inspection tour.
Addressing the event Minister Madduma Bandara said, “Currently our daily fresh milk demand is around 1.4 million litres, but we only produce around 900,000 litres of milk per day. Milco was at a level to produce around 200,000 litres of milk per day. However, now we have been able to increase the milk production with Ambewela producing around 400,000 litres of milk per day and the new factory in Badalgama is producing another 400,000 litres. Hence, our target should be to make Milco a profit making company.”
The Minister commended the workers of Milco for not engaging in strike actions despite their grievances and salary anomalies. Hence, he assured the Milco staff members that he would discuss their issues with the Milco management and staff and resolve their issues without delay.