Colombo, July 23 (BAN/ AD): President on Tuesday has launched national program the ‘Kiren Sapiri Dayak’, a initiative to provide pack of liquid milk to every child. The program launched under Grama Shakthi People’s Movement together with Ministries of Education, Health and the Livestock Department and many other public and private stakeholders aims to provide a packet of liquid milk to around 600,000 students.
This program will also help boost local milk production helping dairy farmers. Cabinet has allocated Rs. 1 billion to initiate the program. Schoolchildren in Grades 1 to 5, more than half a million will receive a packet of milk each, on every school day. Under this Private Public Partnership (PPP) program, small and middle level entrepreneurs in villages will be able to set up milk production units at village level with the support of the private sector.
Initially, the Government will provide funds to the village committees for technological support and buyback arrangements with the private sector. Milk production is expected to increase with the additional demand for milk.