The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Friday (16) joined a field visit to the Animal Virus Laboratory, of the Veterinary Research Institute, Polgolla which can play a significant role in the field of animal production in the country.
Animal Virus Laboratory, an institution that was established three decades ago and has a poor performance due to lack of proper management.
During the visit, the Minister noted that by increasing the facilities and allocations of this institution, which plays a significant role in the field of animal husbandry, such as the detection of animal diseases and the production of vaccines, a large amount of remittances can be saved and there is an opportunity to earn foreign exchange by exporting vaccines to foreign countries.
Observing its unique role, the Minister agreed to develop the institute, which currently has the capacity to manufacture 250,000 vaccines a year, and provide it with modern equipment required to increase production to one million vaccines a year.
Further discussions were held on the future steps to be taken to develop this sector and the Minister instructed the relevant officials to immediately remove the old equipment and accessories currently in use and to replace them with modern equipment.
The Deputy Director of the Livestock Board, the Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health and the officials of the Animal Toxicology Laboratory joined the Minister in the tour.