Agriculture’s contribution to GDP to be increased to 37%

Noting that agriculture’s contribution to GDP had dropped to 7 per cent, Minister of Agriculture, Mahinanda Aluthgamage stated that measures would be implemented to restore it to its previous contribution level of 37 per cent.

“There are 22 plantation companies in the country. We asked one plantation company to buy a thousand dairy cows. The Government will provide the necessary infrastructure facilities. Accordingly, technical knowledge, relief, financial assistance, land required for animal feed production and all other facilities will be provided.

“This will increase the country’s current annual production of 422 million litres of milk to 750 million litres. We also hope to obtain the assistance of the Ministry of Plantation Industries for this programme. Through this we protect the local dairy farmer.

“All they have to do is buy cattle and we will provide all those facilities. Accordingly, the Government will provide all necessary facilities to maintain 22,000 dairy cows. This is how we intend to increase that GDP contribution to agriculture. Because the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was 37 per cent before. But in the past it has dropped to 7 per cent.

“Milk production, which is a major component of agriculture, is of paramount importance. Therefore, this new programme will be implemented on the instructions of the President while protecting the dairy farmer,” he said.

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