Feed, medicine, and vitamin shortages caused by declining forex reserves have damaged Sri Lanka’s dairy farms, an industry association said.
“Proper micronutrients and vitamins from the quality feed is an essential part of our industry as the animals play an integral role in the supply chain,” Binesh Pananwala, President of All Island Dairy Association (AIDA), said in a statement.
“It is imperative that feed such as maize and silage is readily available as it would greatly assist in sustaining the industry.”
Mr. Pannawala stated that the dependency on imports for these commodities and the import ban due to the forex crisis is crippling the industry.
“…we are unable to meet the demand for fresh milk and powdered milk. Our production has reduced a great deal already and, if not rectified, will spell disaster going forward,” A.C.H Munaweera, Consultant and General Manager of AIDA said.
AIDA also stated that the health of 900,000 will be affected if proper nutritional standards aren’t met.
Another issue lies with the lack of spare parts to operate dairy processing plants and chilling tanks. According to AIDA, if spare parts aren’t imported within the next few weeks, farms will be compelled to stop production altogether.
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