Jun 11, 2017

Harrison’s ministry accused of fraud in milch cow distribution! Featured

The Rural Industries Ministry has given, to three private firms, 750 imported milch cows, out of a total of 2,000 intended to be distributed to dairy farmers, causing a serious financial fraud, according to several dairy farmer associations.

E.B. Creasy has been given 500 milch cows and North Showard and Hapugala Farm in Galle given 50 each, allege the associations.

However, they doubt the existence of Hapugala Farm in Galle.

These associations had made inquiries after it was claimed that 2,000 milch cows had been distributed to dairy farmers in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela.

The state has obtained a 73 million US dollar loans to import these milch cows, at a rate of around Rs. 450,000 per head.

This project had been launched by Basil Rajapaksa’s economic development ministry during the previous regime.

It was to import 22,000 milch cows from Australia within a two year period at a cost of nearly Rs. 11,520 million, the media reported at the time.

However, only 200 could be imported before the regime change took place in 2015.

Many of them died prematurely due to a lack of care.

The present regime suspended the project soon after it took over, but resumed it later.

Dairy farmer associations say they will inform the president, prime minister and rural industries minister P. Harrison about this.