DAIRY INDUSTRY IN POLONNARUWA DISTRICT SERIOUSLY AFFECTED
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.