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U.S. funded dairy project hikes milk production and increases farmers’ income

Colombo, Oct 11 (BAN/ AD): “Market-Oriented Dairy” is a U.S supported Rs. 2.2 billion program ($14.1 million). Alaina B. Teplitz U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives recently met with dairy farmers.

Ambassador Teplitz said “Farmers are the backbone of Sri Lanka’s economy and this project helps the country meet its goal of reaching self-sufficiency in dairy production.” The project is estimated to grow milk production by 94 percent by 2022 and will help make Sri Lankan dairy production – and the livelihood of thousands of dairy farmers – more sustainable and profitable.

The farm helps more than 15,000 Sri Lankan farmers, They receive training on best practices such as providing clean water to animals 24/7 and better feed techniques. Benefitting from project farmers with about six milking cows have increased their income by at least Rs. 25,000 – 30,000 per month.

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