Establishment of tech institute for dairy industry development in SL
The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera submitted a project report to the USAID to provide financial and technical support to establish a technical institute for the development of the dairy industry in Sri Lanka.
Charlie Bell, Senior Advisor of the United States Agency for International Development, and Dion M. Schoorman, Representative of the Indo-Pacific Opportunity Project yesterday (29) discussed with the Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera, about the areas that need to be focused on in providing support for the future development of Sri Lanka’s agricultural sector.
Secretary of the Ministry Gunadasa Samarasinghe, Director General of the Department of Agriculture Malathi Parasuraman and other officials participated in this discussion. In relation to a number of issues such as the dissemination of new technology in the agricultural sector and giving priority to programmes to make farmers aware of it, the local expansion of high yield seed species, encouraging farmers for seasonal cultivation activities to withstand climate change, and increasing local milk production was discussed here.
Also, the minister handed over a project report to the USAID representatives to get the necessary technical and financial support for the establishment of the Dairy Technology Institute to increase the dairy industry in our country.
Also, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera appreciated the steps taken by USAID to provide chemical fertilizers and financial allocations to the farmers at a time when the country was under severe economic crisis.
Charlie Bell, Senior Adviser said that Sri Lanka is gradually recovering from the difficult economic situation, and appreciates the government’s commitment to that end, and will continue to provide the support provided by USAID for Sri Lanka’s economic growth.
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