Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY K.G. KARUNARATN­E

Dairy farm­ers in Polonnaruw­a Dis­trict ex­pressed con­cern about the fail­ure of ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion that se­ri­ously af­fected the dairy in­dus­try. They pointed out that the ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion car­ried out by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture had failed to cause the breed­ing of cat­tle and that the dairy in­dus­try was now on the

verge of col­lapse. They said only the farm­ers run­ning dairy farms, and not those al­low­ing their cat­tle to go astray, had been af­fected. Farm­ers said they sought the help of field of­fi­cers of the An­i­mal Prod­ucts and Health De­part­ment to have their cows in­sem­i­nated at heavy cost but to no avail.

Gen­eral Man­ager of the Polonnaruw­a Dis­trict Dairy Farm­ers Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety N.K.D. Dhar­masiri said about 2,000 dairy farm­ers had reg­is­tered with the so­ci­ety but the sup­ply of milk for the last sev­eral months had de­clined in a large pro­por­tion. He was of the opin­ion that the fail­ure of ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion had re­sulted in this sit­u­a­tion.

Mean­while the Dis­trict Vet­eri­nary Surgeon Dr. Janaka Ratna Ku­mara said the farm­ers had pur­chased phys­i­cally un­fit cows that could not be im­preg­nated through ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion.

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