Sri Lanka will be self-sufficient in chicken eggs by the end of this year and the government will take steps to halt egg imports before the start of 2014, reports the country's Ministry of Economic Development.

Under the Divi Neguma Programme, poultry farmers were given 10 one-month-old chickens. To date, 1.1 million chickens have been distributed. Since October this year, an additional 600,000 birds have also been given to farmers taking part in the project. Free technical advice has been provided by veterinary surgeons.


The development program has resulted in 330 million eggs being added to the national diet each year, and the ministry reports that the project has contributed nearly INR4,329 million (US$33 million) to the national economy.