Plans are afoot to sell Milco, Highland and 31 dairy farms owned by the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) to India’s Amul Diary Company, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.
He said Cabinet approval has already been granted to sell Milco while another Cabinet Paper has been finalised to sell off ‘Highland’ to India’s Amul Diary Company.
Addressing the NPP Mawanella Electoral Convention, Dissanayake said 21 dairy farms including Adigama, Ridiyagama, Narammala and Polonnaruwa dairy farms belonging to the NLDB will be sold according to the plan.
He said two committees have been appointed in this regard and added that one committee has been tasked to value the land, trees and plantation in the farms while the second committee headed by NLDB Director General has been tasked to value the animals and equipment in the farms.
“We know the condition of our 31 dairy farms. We can’t be satisfied about their conditions. We must be able to get the maximum benefits from the resources there. The rulers are not interested in doing so. They should have used the best technology and develop them. They are loss-making due to the actions of the rulers,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
Source : Daily Mirror Sri Lanka Oct 2nd 2023