No imports - local livestock farmers to be protected
Minister of Livestock Development R. M. C. B. Rathnayaka had a
discussion with Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperative
Services and Consumer Affairs and agreed not to import chicken or any
other product produced by local livestock farmers.
Referring to some news items in certain newspapers, minister
Rathnayaka said that about 300,000 livestock farmers in this country are
contributing Rs. 30,000 million to the national income and he would not
facilitate anybody to import livestock products in an unwarranted manner
to disturb the development of the local livestock industry.
The local livestock farmers produce at least 120,000 metric tonnes of
meat and 1,000 million eggs annually and of that they produce about
80,000 metric tonnes of chicken and broiler annually, which is
marginally enough to meet the local demand of chicken.