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Nldb Farms

Nldb Farms

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Published by: Mark Wu on Feb 19, 2010
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Sri Lanka, rich in it’s soil fertility levels and varied of Agro climaticconditions has enormous potential for sustainable growth in the
Livestock &Farming.
Country’s heritage of the yesteryear revolved around Agriculture andAgriculture based industries.The parameters of irrigation systems in technical terms prevailed then,superseded the technological boundaries of today.The NLDB is blessed with considerable wealth of public assets. If these assetsare able to be re-engineered and put to good use, that would immenselycontribute towards the national policy of 
Mahinda Chinthana
in drivingaway the food crisis envisaged.
The key is to make the right decisions &choices of our public investments, to find ways to Harness and ChannelMarket Forces. People Need To Be Conscious Of What They ThrowAway And Where They Throw It away.
Aggressively driving towards a culture of doing away with the consumingof powdered milk & inject the nutritional values of Fresh Milk to theminds of people and making it available, thus resulting in theencouragement of a cottage industry, booming for self sustainability.Diversify the
Plan prioritizing to
and coupled toAgriculture utilizing it’s resources converting to
Food Processing
A revitalized Agri Business Sector could be a key factor for life styleimprovements.
The proposed project will be under public private partnership (PPP) with NLDBwith certain mechanisms for participation by a Private Company described asalternative options later in this memorandum. Whatever the participatorymechanism proposed under few options, shall ensure continuity for well over thirtyyears since the return on investments of this nature is essentially long term.Following farms will be considered under this project
Polonnaruwa Cluster ( Welikanda, Polonnnaruwa,Kandakaduwa)
Puttalam /Anuradhapura Cluster ( Kottukachchiya, Oyamaduwa andParasangaswewa)
Kandy Cluster ( Haragama, Mahaberiyatanne)
Weerawila Farm .Reasons for clustering the farms are for better administration, management controland to sharing of human and capital resources in a more effective manner.
1.Polonnnaruwa Cluster
Presently Polonnaruwa and Welikanda farms are operative and not making any profits for the last few years as the financials revealed. We will not implement any action plan for the Kandakaduwa farm as at present since it is occupied by the Sri-Lanka Army, if thiscould be cleared it could be developed as one of the best dairy under Polonnnaruwacluster The broader action plan to develop this cluster is as follows.1.Growing of pasture in an area of 500 ha in the cluster. This should be facilitatedwith ready supply of water because water constraints have become a serious issuein the location and there is a necessity for digging up agricultural/deep wells andadoption of sprinkler or drip irrigation system to supplement water.2.Commencing a dairy unit starting with a pedigreed stock of 500 neat cattle and250 buffalos.3.Introducing a hatchery for producing chicks and it could supply chicks at areasonable price for individual farmers as well as medium scale farms in theeastern province. This will be helpful to improve the income and livelihood of the poor farmers living in the eastern province and this goes in line with the objectivesof the
Nagenhira Navodaya
Development Plans4.Introducing an electric fence around the boundary to ensure safety of the animalsand the properties.5.Cultivate maize for animal feed6.Growing of the perennial crops such as coconut, cashew as they are ideal for theconditions prevailing in the area. Additionally, Ipil Ipil (
 Leuceana leucocephala
could be planted as hedges or at recommended spacing to get largeamount of bio mass which could be used for formulation of feed for livestock.Further Soya Bean and Ginger also could be grown in this cluster and after oilextraction; the residue can be used as an animal feed.7.Growing of intercrops
e. g 
. grapes and banana in between perennial crops..8.Growing of teak in the periphery of the land to obtain long term benefits
.timber.9.Introduction of Greenhouse to cultivate bell pepper, and other cash crops foexport market10.Rearing of inland fish in pond and lakes of the farms to generate additionalincome and to ensure protein food security in the region11.Introduce .full automatic milking machines to maximize the yield, necessarystoring facilities to minimize the wastage and assure hygienic conditions12.The target will be to increase the milk production up to 6000 lts per day and toimplement state of the art packing and other products plant13.As a socially responsible entity it is proposed to enhance worker living conditionsin order to maximize worker productivity and thereby enhance profitabilityIn order to implement the above development plan for this cluster is need of significantinvestment of around of at least Rs 100 million within period of eight years and to ensureturning around the cluster within second year of operation.

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