(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to set up six small scale milk processing centers with the aim of providing a glass of liquid milk to students in rural schools. These milk processing centers are being built with French aid of 13.9 million Euros.
Each center will process 5,000 liters of milk per day and 30,000 liters of milk per day will be processed in the six centers.
This was revealed at a recent discussion chaired by Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage to review the progress of proposed milk processing centers in Wennappuwa, Attanagalla, Wariyapola, Polonnaruwa, and Nawalapitiya.
Five milk collection centers will be set up affiliated to each of these milk processing centers. This will enable about 12,000 dairy farmers in the area to sell their milk at a reasonable price and increase their monthly income.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said Rs. 450 million has been provided for each of these milk processing centers.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage instructed the Heads of Institutions in charge of Dairy Processing Centers to commence processing milk at Wennappuwa, Wariyapola, Attanagalla and Polonnaruwa processing centers before December this year.