A decision has been taken to increase the production of milk-related products such as cheese, butter and ice cream, locally.
The Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement that following the temporary ban imposed by the government on the import of 300 products, the attention has been drawn towards producing milk-related products locally in order to prevent a shortage in the market.
Accordingly, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera has held discussions with officials of the National LiveStock Development Board and the MILCO Private Limited.
The two entities are currently engaged in producing a number of milk-related products. They produce powdered milk, liquid milk, cheese, butter, curd, flavoured liquid milk and ice cream.
The Agriculture Ministry said however due to the current shortage of animal feed in the country, the production of liquid milk has decreased by about 34 percent, and the amount of milk received by the two companies has also reduced considerably.
Therefore, taking into consideration the amount of milk received by the two companies, the Agriculture Minister has advised them not to give priority to the production of curd and instead to prioritise the production of other milk-related products.
The Minister is of the view, that curd is freely available in the market since it is being produced by individuals as well.
Accordingly, the two companies have been advised to take necessary steps to prevent a shortage of other milk-related products in the market.