Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby Correspondent
Upholding the development plans set in the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ political manifesto for the local dairy industry, the Government has imported 2,000 cows in 2012 and 2013, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena confirmed at Parliament on Saturday in response to a question for oral answer raised by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake. Even though cows were not imported to Sri Lanka in 2011, the CIF value for a pregnant cow imported to the country in 2012 and 2013 stood at Rs. 310,100 despite the market price set at Rs. 350,000.
According to the ministerial report tabled in the House, the cows were imported from Australia, which is selected for maintaining similar animal quarantine regulations followed by the local Department of Animal Production and Health.