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The President emphasizes importance of strengthening local dairy farming President Maithripala Sirisena says it is imperative to empower and strengthen local dairy farmers

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By ITN News Editor July 23, 2019 19:16

The President emphasizes importance of strengthening local dairy farming President Maithripala Sirisena says it is imperative to empower and strengthen local dairy farmers

President made these comments at the launching ceremony of ‘Kiren Sapiri Dayak’, aims at providing a pack of liquid milk to every child at Kajugas-watte Shasthrodaya Vidyalaya in Nivitigala, Ratnapura today.The programme launched under Grama Shakthi People’s Movement together with Ministries of Education, Health and the Livestock Department and many other public and private stakeholders will provide a packet of standard liquid milk instead of sweetened milk to around 600,000 selected primary students island-wide. The Cargills and Milco will supply the milk and a simultaneous programme to recycle used milk packets has also been implemented.Speaking further President said that a healthy and intelligent nation is the victory of a country. He further said it is not a good condition if a 15 percent of the population suffer from malnutrition. He also stressed the importance of promoting the consumption of liquid milk in the challenge of creating a healthy population.Furthermore, it is one of the objectives of this programme to reduce the poverty level in rural areas and by achieving a good economic growth through strengthening the rural dairy farmers.The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a Cabinet Paper presented by the President and allocated 1,000 million rupees to initiate the programme. Of the 1.7 million schoolchildren in Grades 1 to 5, more than half a million will receive a sachet of milk each, on every school day.The school milk program is to be augmented by the Grama Shakthi village empowerment programme. It is proposed to provide 15,000 cattle to selected 7,500 villagers to ensure continuous milk supply. Private sector companies that will produce the sachets will enter into buy-back agreements with the Grama Shakthi village units.Addressing the gathering, President Sirisena said that everyone should unite to make this valuable program a success for the future of the nation.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 23, 2019 19:16

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