Agriculture Minister Takes Animal Feed Shortage Here To US Soybean Export Council

Shakila Ifham

October 27, 2022


Sri Lanka’s animal husbandry industry has been severely affected by the shortage of animal feed and due to the rise in prices, Agriculture Minster Mahinda Amaraweera said at the USSEC – US Soybean Export Council annual conference.

The conference started last week in Washington, USA and the team representing Sri Lanka is headed by the Minister Amaraweera.

He officially met Mrs. Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa State in the United States. The Governor also participated in this conference last Friday. There, the Governor asked from the Minister regarding the economic recession that Sri Lanka is currently facing.

In response Minister said that Sri Lanka has to face the current economic problems due to the covid-19 pandemic as well as the collapse of the world economy and geopolitical problems in other countries and not having properly managed the loans taken for development projects in the country

However, due to the positive activities undertaken under the leadership of the current President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Minister also mentioned that the economy of Sri Lanka is heading towards the right direction in 2023. 

He also said that especially the United States of America is providing a lot of support to Sri Lanka at this critical time.

The minister who gave a speech on behalf of Sri Lanka at this conference said that the farmers in Sri Lanka are not much interested in the cultivation of soybeans because they do not know the international demand for it and also because of the lack of a good market. 

Therefore, the minister also requested that the farmers of Sri Lanka express their support to encourage the cultivation of soya beans.