Livestock professionals benefit from strong demand in local and overseas labor markets – Minister of State Herath

Minister of State for Livestock Development, DB Herath, said young people can progress towards their goals by engaging in the livestock sector.

The Minister of State was recently attending an enrollment ceremony for students in the two-year full-time National Diploma in Animal Husbandry course at the Sri Lanka College of Animal Husbandry, Seeppukulam, Mihintale. Minister of State DB Herath and Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Dr Seetha Arambepola attended the ceremony. The College was also empowered to issue National Vocational Qualities (NVQ) level 5-6:Certicication during the ceremony.

Two colleges in Seeppukulam and Gannoruwa now offer National Diplomas in Animal Husbandry. About 150 students pursue studies in this field every year and they are provided with hostel facilities and daily payment of Rs. 200 each. Students who complete the National Diploma will be recruited as Livestock Development Instructors (LDI) in the Government Sector.

Minister of State Herath said there are a large number of vacancies in local and overseas labor markets for those who qualify in the livestock sector.

“There is a high demand in the local and overseas livestock sector for those who complete the diploma course in the Sri Lankan livestock colleges. The Ministry of State alone has over 600 positions vacancies,” the minister said.

The Minister of State therefore urged young people to become professionals in the sector. “Unlike in the past, the livestock sector is progressing rapidly and those who engage in this sector receive a large income,” said the Minister of State.

“Seeppukulam Animal Husbandry College was established in 1985. It has produced a large number of professionals to date. New subjects will be added to the degree in conjunction with the Vocational Training Authority and NVQ level 5-6 certification will be issued to students who complete the two-year course,” the Minister of State added.

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