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Department of Animal Production & Health

The Department of Animal Production and Health established in 1978 is the main State Institution responsible for livestock development in Sri Lanka.  This is also the national institution holding the legal authority  for conducting research  and development activities in the field of livestock resources aimed at preventing and curbing of animal diseases, providing technical leadership, expertise and back-up services on animal production and health.  Furthermore, training of trainers, formulation of projects for enhancing that industry.  conlducting of economic evaluation and implementing special development programmes are among the main development activities undertaken by the Department covering the whole island.

With the establishment of Provincial Councils, field level activities of the Department of Animal Production and Health were entrusted to nine (09) provincial animal production and health departments.

The Department of Animal Production and Health is contributing immencely towards the development of livestock industry by providing technical leadership, specialist medical service and other supportive services to provincial Departments of Animal Production and Health.  The vetarinery office at Peradeniya managed by veterinarians is functioning as the main functional unit in the field of national livestock.  In addition a divisional vetarinary office each is now in operation in almost Divisional Secretariat Divisions under the respective Provincial Department of Animal Production and Health.


Be the premier organization leading the livestock sector towards socio-economic development of Sri Lanka


Provide technical guidance and support to achieve sustainable development in the livestock sector by maintaining a healthy animal population and enhanced productivity ensuring food safety and contributing to food security

Thrust Areas

  • Increasing the productivity of farm animals
  • Enhancing health of animals being reared at farms
  • International trading & quality assurance
  • Improvement of research and development activities
  • Better management in the field of livestock


Ensure the availability of effective and efficient animal health service for preventing and eradicating animal diseases.

  • Promoting the utilization of animal gene resources at the highest possible  level
  • Promoting the utilization of quality animal feed and food resources
  • Promoting the drvelopment and growth of animal feed industry
  • Engage in research and development activities for sustainable livestock


  • Technically empowered human resources development
  • Effective and efficient distribution of information and ensure the supply of technological service
  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes
  • Ensure the safety of animal productions
  • Promotion of formal animal husbandry methods and facilitating for same
  • Ensure the welbeing and healthy rearing of animals
  • Efficient management of departmental functions


  • Handling of the national insemination service
  • Keeping records of animals’ pedigree and performance for breeding purposes
  • Preservation of animals’gene resources
  • Enhancing the breed of goats
  • mplement the programme of rearing heifer calves
  • Production of nutritious grass and silage and promoting the marketing of grass
  • Implementation of the national vaccination programme for preventing animal diseases
  • Preventing and curing of mastritis
  • Controlling of tick fever
  • Cattle abotion controlling programme
  • Enhancing the healthyness of dairy farms
  • Production of foot and mouth diseases controlling vaccination
  • Establishment of new livestock investigation centres
  • Enhancing, testing facilities to meet the increasing demand
  • Production of mammory infusions
  • Increasing laboratary facilities & infrastructure facilities of quarantine units
  • Controlling of Salmonellosis and Raniket diseases
  • Introducing of efficient fee alarming system against deadly bird flu
  • Increasing the identification feasibility of poultry diseases
  • Increasing milk technology related laboratory and infrastructure facilities
  • Increasing divisional level milk analytical facilities
  • Providing analytical and advisory services in respect of dairy farming
  • Programme for increasing the possibility of long-keeping of milk and milk productions
  • Recognition of animals at field level
  • Ensuring the sufficient availability of high quality animal feed at the market
  • Regulaltion of livestock productions
  • Regulation activities on poultry farming
  • Implementing animal quarantine activities
  • Implementation of livestock research programmes
  • Dissemination of information through electronic, printed and demonstrative means
  • Model farm unit demonstration programme
  • Development and maintenance of various farm units of livestock techno park.
  • Study of socio-economic impact on livestock field
  • Formulation and distribution of statistics on livestocks
  • Establishment of veterinary offices
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:31

Other institutions

Sri Lanka Poultry Development Company (Private) Limited


Enhancing the socio-economic life of the rural people through running of the entity as a leading poultry farm development institution in Sri Lanka


Taking measures required for management of the limited resources available at the highest possible level for achieving a sustainable development by expanding rural level poultry resources

Thrust Areas

  • Function as co-ordinating body among farmers in the private sector, state institution and the relevant Ministries
  • Maintain continuously all breeding activities layer and broiler productions relating to poultry farming
  • Making available all farm productions to consumers at reasonable price through sale outlets of the institute
  • Encouraging the production of entire requirement of poultry feeds and warehouse facilities within the farm itself
  • Ensure the availability of eggs and chicken production required for nutritional enhancement of the rural people at fair prices
  • Distribution of the requirement of baby chicks among small holder poultry farms
  • Proper maintenance of coconut cultivation within the farm for generation of income and using the same poultry farm development
  • Taking actions to gain maximum economic productivity by expanding the cultivation of cash crops and supplementary crops within the farms


  • Identify other projects associated with the development of poultry industry and apply technological knowledge required for same
  • Obtain  human resources and financial provisions required for development of poultry industry
  • Identify producers, consumers and purchasers required for development of poultry industry and make all institutional coordination including food and drugs required for that industry
  • Work in collaboration with the state poultry breeding farms
  • Mobilization and empowerment of Community-based organizations islandwide dealing with poultry farming
  • Organic fertilizer production


  • Ensure availability of quality day old chicks to farmers
  • Supply of eggs and chicken at competitive price to consumers through institution’s sale outlets and increase nutritional position
  • Provide practical and theoritical training on poultry farming to all those interested in poultry industry including the students of the country studing in primary and secondry education
  • Sale of planting material and organic fertilizer required for cultivation
  • Attend to welfare of employees in the institution
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:48

Mahaweli Livestock Enterprises Ltd


To be a Leading Producer and Supplier of quality day-old chicks and Broiler chicken in the local market at a fair price


Quality improvement of day-old chicks and broiler chicken on par with international quality standards utilizing modern technology


  • Production of Livestock meet and eggs  required for human consumption aimed at maintaining equilibrium in market prices and breeding of animal kids
  • Encourage farmers in Mahaweli System ‘H’ to engage in agricultural and livestock activities where by increasing their earnings, creation of employment opportunities and providing welfare facilities

Thrust Areas

Production of quality broiler day-old chicks and broiler chicken meat


  • Breeding and rearing of broiler chicks by Mahaweli farmers directly and production of broiler chicken
  • Production of animal feeds
  • Establishment and maintaining of chicken processing centre, units for mother animals, semi automatic egg incubators and commercial broiler unit
  • Maintaining  proper safety in the  productions
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:31

Milco Private Limited


Milk Industries Lanka Ltd

Operational activities commenced in 1956 with the establishment of one factory under Colombo Plan named the National Milk  Board (NMB) under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture.  The NMB was established with the objective of collecting, processing and marketing of milk under which it has been established milk collecting network island wide, four milk processing factories and island wide agency network for marketing of milk productions.

The National Milk Board was restructured as Government Owned Company in 1986 in the name of “Milk Industries of Lanka Company Ltd.”. In terms of a Joint Venture Agreement signed in 1997 by the Government of Sri Lanka and the National Dairy Development Board of India, all assets and liabilities owned by the “Milk Industries of Lanka Company Ltd.” were transferred to “Kiriya Milk Industries of Lanka Company Ltd.” with effect from 04 February 1998.  Due to failure of this joint venture the National Dairy Development Board withdrew voluntarily from that agreement.  Subsequently, the General Treasury becomes the sole shareholder of the company and it was reorganized as 100% Government Owned Organization in the name of Milco (Pvt) Ltd.  At present Milco (Pvt) Limited has 2,200 dairy farmer societies and 81 milk chilling  centres holding the responsibility for 30 percent of countries milk production.


To be the excellent nutritious food supplier in Sri Lanka


To be an active partner in achieving goals in the supply of fresh milk while empowering the local dairy farmer and to follow continuous development initiatives with modern technology to provide consumers with nutritious food at a reasonable price

Thrust Areas

The company operates its functions and activities under 03 main fields.

  • Collecting milk from the local dairy farmers
  • Producing milk products
  • Distribute the same under the brand name of “Highland” Products


  • Supply of high quality milk and milk products
  • Contribute to make the country self-sufficient in fresh milk
  • Empower the local dairy farmers
  • Ensure the sustainability and the development of local dairy industry
  • Ensure satisfaction of those contributing to the success of the Mission

Functions and Services

  • Empower the dairy farmers by making them further aware on the self-governing dairy farmer society concept - At present nearly 2,200 self-governing dairy farmer societies are in Operation Island wide with which around 60,000 famers have joined.
  • Develop dairy farming through provision of active expansion services and facilities
  • Ensure safety of the local dairy farmer through the availability of guaranteed price to farmers for their fresh milk supplies - At present the local dairy farmer has been assured a guaranteed price of Rs.70 per litre for the supply of quality fresh milk.
  • Continuous provision of facilities for easy marketing of fresh milk through an efficient milk collection network. 84 milk chilling centres owned by the company are in operation at present.
  • Free transportation is available for farmers to take their fresh milk to cooling centres which costs Rs.20 mn. monthly to the company
  • Provision of financial benefits to dairy farmers and their family members on 18 important occasions identified, through the Milco Dairy Farmer Social Security Fund - Benefits to the value of Rs.30.5 mn were made available to 6,401 beneficiaries during the last year.
  • Manufacturing of 52 items of products in various flavours, varieties and sizes using eleven nutritious and healthy milk products through the company-owned milk factories at Colombo, Digana, Ambewela and Polonnaruwa
  • Supply of “Highland” milk products at reasonable prices to consumers through sales agents appointed islandwide covering all districts


Milco (Private) Limited – Development Progress of the year 2017

  • Factory Modernization Project (DESMI)





Modernization of Ambewela Milk Factory under Factory Modernization Project

Total investment is about Euro 26.7 Million and Milco Company had to bear an Expenditure about Rs. 400 Million for Supply

Daily Production Capacity of Milk Factory Ambewela has been raised from 110,000 Liters to 300,000 Liters

It way opened on 07/08/2017 after completion of modernization activities under the auspices of His Excellency the Prime Minis

  • Establishment of a New Factory in Badalgama area






Establishment of modern factory in Badalgama area instead of the very old factory Narahenpita which was located in a highly populous area

Euro 64 Million

At the initial stage its production capacity will be 200,000 Liters per day and it would be possible to increase the same up to 400,000 Liters per day and this production increase depends on Engineering plans.

Laying of foundation stone for construction of this project was held on 18th of May 2016.


70% of civil construction has been completed at the end of September 2017.


  • Dairy Farm Development Programmes




Organizing of new self-governing dairy farmers’ society for the year 2017.

215 of new self-governing dairy farmers’ society for the year of 2017 has started at the end of September and about 2,330 of all of the self-governing dairy farmers societies are implemented island wide so far.

Establishment of new milk cooling centers

  • ØMilk cooling center Chavakachcheri – North Region

About 2,500 Liters of milk is collected dairy so far and approximately 500 of dairy farmers have linked.


  • ØMilk cooling center, Damminna – Ampara Region

About 5,000 Liters of milk is collected dairy so far and approximately 650 of dairy farmers have linked.


  • ØKebithigollewa Milk cooling center – Anuradhapura Region

About 2,000 Liters of milk is collected dairy and approximately 350 of dairy farmers have linked.

Initiating of dairy farms with dairy milk production capacity of 200 Liters

21 farms which have daily milk production capacity of 200 Liters Launched at the end of September of the year 2017`

Initiating of dairy farms with dairy milk production capacity of 100 Liters

43 farms which have daily milk production capacity of 100 Liters Launched at the end of September

Supply of calves of high breed/cattle to farmers/societies

14 of calves of high breed/cattle for breeding purposes to selected farmers societies and farmers.



  • Instruction of New Products

Two new products as Ice Cream mixed with natural wood-apple and strawberry flavored were introduced to the market.


Strawberry Flavored Ice Cream wood-apple Flavored Ice Cream


With the adoption of new technology Ambewela factory introduced a type of milk powder instantly do solves in water.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:03

National Livestock Development Board


National Livestock Development Board

The National Livestock Development Board (NLDB)was established in 1973 under the Agricultural Incorporation Act No.11 of 1972, field aactivities of which commenced in 1974.  Functions and activities of the Board were restructured in 1977 with the twin objective of preventing the extingusish of the national cattle population and increasing milk production and weight carrying.  Accordingly concentrations were made on rearing cattle and bulls of high breed.  At Present the National Livestock  Development Board maintain 31 Livestock  and Crop Integrated farms In addition the NLDB owned a training centre to import theoritical and practical knowledge to farmers.


To be the best self-sustaining organization in Sri Lanka to produce quality breeding material, livestock & agricultural products to enhance the socio-economic standards the people


To run a self-sustaining chain of Livestock and Crop Integrated Farms in different Agro-Ecological Zones with a satisfied workforce


  • Develop livestock activities within a reasonable time period to issue the requirement of breeding animals continuously to farmers with the objective of making the country self-sufficient in livestock and dairy products
  • Develop livestock and agricultural products with new technology to increase the output and profitability of the organization
  • Cultivate cash crops in selected farms to support the cash crop production programme in the Country
  • Achieve optimum productivity levels in livestock and agricultural sectors
  • Obtain maximum productivity from Livestock and Crop Integrated Farming Systems and follow Eco-Friendly Cultivation Practices
  • Maintain all farm activities at optimum level, infusing surplus funds from coconut based industries for sustenance
  • Introduce new technology, expertise, capital with better management practices to reduce cost, improve productivity to successfully compete in the market
  • Explore possibilities to break into new markets with better marketing strategies in order to convert these farming units into profitable business entities with the participation of the private sector


  • Breeding and multiplication of livestock
  • Issue  of  quality animals   to  farmers  at  a reasonable price for breeding
  • Maintaining coconut plantations at optimum level to generate maximum profit
  • Practicing Livestock/Crop Integrated Farming System, wherever feasible
  • Providing training and demonstration facilities to farmers, school children, officials involved in agriculture and especially to the livestock small holders
  • Establishment and maintenance of marketing outlets to supply quality farm products at reasonable prices
  • Produce value added products using raw material produced in farms to get a high profit margin
  • Maintain sale outlet net- work to popularize consumption of fresh milk among the public
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 March 2017 09:21

Dedicated Economic Centers (DECs)

Dedicated Economic Centres


To transform Sri Lanka into a country with higher standard of living in Asia by uplifting the living standards of both Sri Lankan consumers and producers


Supply of high quality products enabling to receive a higher rate for the producers and at an affordable rate to consumers

Thrust Areas

Establishment of bulk/retail trade centres for promoting fair trading through creation of competitive marketing environment


  • Provision of reasonable prices for producers by creating a specific market for each product
  • Facilitating the consumers to purchase food items at low prices
  • Providing the opportunity for wholesale traders to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from producers
  • Encouraging traders by involving in a competitive trade environment


  • Collection and distribution of fresh crops of high quality specially collection of crops on regional diversification
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Minimizing the involvement of middlemen in the distribution network from the producer to the consumer
  • Facilitating the consumer to purchase all their requirements under one roof
  • Assisting to maintain the stability of prices in a competitive trade environment

Dedicated Economic Centres were established by utilizing funds of the government budgets since 1998 with the objective of selling the products of rural areas as an agro market development strategy.

The subject of dedicated economic centres which previously functioned under the Ministry of Rural Industries and Self Employment Promotion was brought under the scope of work of the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs.The number of Economic Centres remaining at operational level is 15.  Two more Dedicated Economic Centres are to be opened in Batticaloa & vavuniya.

There are three types of Dedicated Economic Centres

  • Centres targeting Agro products
  • Centres  targeting on the distribution of agro products and essential items of food on wholesale/ retail basis
  • Retail sales centres, focusing on urban areas


Management of Dedicated Economic Centres has been entrusted to the respective management Trust established for that purpose and it consists of the respective Divisional Secretary, District Secretary, representatives from Trade and “Govi Samithi” and representatives of state organizations being parties to the Economic Centre.  At the outset appointment of the Trust had been the responsibility of the Secretary, Ministry of Rural Industry and Self Employment Promotion. Subsequently, it was attended to by the Secretary in charge of the subject and senior officer of the Ministry of Rural Economy named by the Secretary functions as Chairman of the Trust.

Location of Dedecated Economic Centres


Centres targeting agricultural products

Distribution Centres (wholesale/retail)

Retail distribution centres at urban areas

Centres due to open



Meegoda Veyangoda Ratmalana

Narahenpita Piliyandala


Nuwaraeliya Dambulla Kuruduwatta


North Western




North Central










* Not in active operation



Construction of New Dedicated Economic Centers – 2017-2018


Dedicated Economic Center – Vavuniya

Investment –          Rs. 292 mn

Facility Provided

  • 50 Business premises
  • Vehicle Park
  • Administrative Office Complex
  • Water, Electricity & wide Road Facilities
  • Sanitary Facilities

Objective -   To uplift the buying powers & the Marketing Facilities   of Customers, Farmers, & Business Community.


Dedicated Economic Center – Batticaloa

Investment –          Rs. 300.00 mn

Facility Provided


  • 50 Business premises
  • Vehicle Park
  • Administrative Office Complex
  • Water, Electricity & wide Road Facilities
  • Sanitary Facilities


Objective - To uplift the buying powers & the Marketing Facilities  of Customers, Farmers, & Business Community.

Construction of the above Economic Centers are in the final stage & plan to transfer to the public in 2018

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:08


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