(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The largest amount ever allocated for the development of the livestock sector in the country has been received for the next three years, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says.
The Minister made this disclosure at a discussion held at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday (14) regarding the effective use of this money for agricultural projects.
The World Bank has provided an amount of 3.8 billion rupees for the activities in the agriculture sector for the next five years from 2023-2027. Out of this, 1.5 billion rupees have been allocated for the development of the livestock sector in the country. This is the highest amount of money allocated for the development of the livestock sector after 2014, the Minister said.
The money has been earmarked to implement the project to make the country sufficient in fresh milk, according to Minister Amaraweera.
In addition, 1 billion rupees has also been allocated for the development of agricultural roads. Accordingly, steps have been taken to allocate this financial provision for the repair of agricultural roads in the rural sector which have not been renovated so far.
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera noted that the non-availability of significant funds for the livestock sector in the past 10 years has weakened the production of milk, eggs and poultry in this country.