Agriculture Ministry urged to control animal husbandry drug prices
A group of veterinarians requested Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to implement some mechanism to control the rapid increase in the prices of certain drugs used in animal husbandry.
A discussion was held on Monday (11) at the Agriculture Ministry regarding the problems facing the livestock sector in Sri Lanka. Agriculture Ministry Secretary Gunadasa Samarasinghe, Animal Production and Health Department Director General Dr. Hemali Kothalawala, several officials of the Livestock Development Division as well as veterinarians participated in this discussion which was chaired by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. In the animal husbandry of animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens, the use of certain drugs must be done to prevent infectious diseases. But by now the prices of those animal control drugs in the market have increased rapidly. Veterinarians revealed that compared to the existing price, the price of the drug has increased several times and the price is changing daily.
However, the Minister instructed the Animal Production and Health Department to provide him with an immediate report on the prices in order to find out the gap between the prices of these medicines being imported and sold in Sri Lanka.
Also, the Minister agreed to first discuss with the institutions that bring the drugs to Sri Lanka and then take into consideration the matters presented by them to implement a work order to control the increase in the price of drugs used for livestock.
“The Consumer Protection Authority should take steps to control drug prices. The Agriculture Ministry has no authority for that. But as the Minister in charge of the subject, I must identify the gap between the import price and the sale price of these drugs. If it is possible to sell those drugs at a certain minimum price, it is wrong to exploit the people involved in livestock management without doing so” the Minister said.
The Minister also mentioned that the Animal Production and Health Department should take steps to provide him with a detailed report on the gap between the sale price and the import price of these drugs.
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