COLOMBO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers, on Tuesday gave a nod to ban cattle slaughter in the country by amending the existing laws to help expand cattle stock of the dairy industry and save foreign exchange used for the import of milk.
According to a statement released by the government information department, the cabinet of ministers decided to allow importing beef for consumers and it will be sold at "concessionary prices."
"As a country with an economy based on agriculture, the contribution of the cattle resource to develop the livelihood of the rural people of Sri Lanka is immense," the statement said.
"Various parties have pointed out that the livestock resource required for traditional farming purposes is insufficient due to the rise of cattle slaughter and the insufficient livestock resources is an obstacle to uplift the local dairy industry," the statement added.
Taking this situation into consideration, the cabinet of ministers decided to take immediate measures to amend the existing laws and implement a suitable program for aging cattle which cannot be used effectively for agricultural purposes.