Sri Lanka to be Self-sufficient in Eggs by 201408 November 2013
SRI LANKA - The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to make the country self-sufficient in production of chicken eggs by next year, the Ministry of Economic Development said.
According to the Ministry, the Divi Neguma National Programme launched by the Ministry under the President's future vision programme is a success in producing sufficient eggs for public consumption and the government will take measures to stop egg imports from 2014.
According to ColomboPage, the Ministry said that under Divi Neguma programme each poultry farmer is given 10 one-month-old chickens. By now 1.1 million chickens have been distributed among farmers.
Following the commencement of Divi Neguma Phase Five on 11 October, steps have been taken to distribute 600,000 more chickens among Divi Neguma beneficiaries at a cost of R. 300 million.
The programme is more successful in the Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala Districts where there is a great demand for chicks, the Ministry said.
Under the agricultural programmes implemented by the government Sri Lanka has become self-sufficient in rice, maize and soy beans.ThePoultrySite News Desk