Sri Lanka Buys Up Local Milk to Spare the Farmers' Tears
Local Sri Lankan farmers are having trouble selling their own milk, so they took to the streets in protest. 12,000 liters of farm-fresh milk flooded the streets of of Hatton, in response to private milk companies suspending their purchases.
Alarmed at the wastage, the government has ordered the state-owned milk company, Milco, to buy all the farmers' unsold milk to bolster moves towards national self-sufficiency.
"We are committed to encourage dairy farmers in this country to produce milk," Milco's chairman Sunil Wickramasinghe told the BBC in Colombo. "And we are committed to buy that milk."