The programme launched under Grama Shakthi People’s Movement together with Ministries of Education, Health and the Livestock Department and much other public and private stakeholders aims to provide a packet of liquid milk to around 600,000 selected primary students island-wide.
To mark the inauguration President will symbolically hand over milk packets to a group of students at Kajugaswatte Shasthrodaya Vidyalaya in Nivitigala, Ratnapura today, stated the President’s Media Division.
The Programme under President Sirisena’s concept of creating a ‘Nutritious young generation of a nation bountiful with milk,’ is coupled with a plan to boost local milk production by providing incentives to dairy farmers.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a Cabinet Paper presented by the President and allocated Rs. 1,000 million to initiate the programme. Of the 1.7 million schoolchildren in Grades 1 to 5, more than half a million will
receive a sachet of milk each, on every school day.
Under this Private Public Partnership (PPP) programme, small and middle-level entrepreneurs in villages will be able to set up milk production units at the village-level with the support of the private sector.
The school milk program is to be augmented by the Grama Shakthi village empowerment programme. It is proposed to provide 15,000 cattle to selected 7,500 villagers to ensure continuous milk supply. Private sector companies that will produce the sachets will enter into buy-back agreements with the Grama Shakthi village units.