After implementation of Sri Lanka Dairy Development Project Phase I in 2012/2013, 2,000 European type high yielding cattle were imported to Sri Lanka and accommodated in the three (03) upcountry farms namely Bopaththalawa, Dayagama and Manikpalama managed successfully at present. Later the NLDB imported another consignment of 2,500 nos. of dairy cattle from Australia and allocated them at Ridiyagama farm located in southern province in 2015.
Parallel to the above importation the Board has developed all infrastructure facilities at Ridiyagama farm such as pasture/fodder developments, construction of cattle sheds, storage facilities, introduction of modern machinery and Equipment etc.
After importation of 2,500 cattle, Ridiyagama farm would become as the largest dairy farm in Sri Lanka which could produce approximately 10.0 million ltrs of milk annually from the year 2016. In addition to that around 600-700 heifer calves are expected to issue to the public annually by this project. After completion of both phases I & II of the Sri Lanka Dairy Development Project, the total annual milk production of NLDB has increased up to 14.0 million ltrs from 3.0 million ltrs. by end of year 2018. The overall current contribution of NLDB to the national production is around 4% by end of 2018.