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 Post subject: Presidential candidate to buy a cow for every home if elect
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:11 pm 
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Sri Lankan presidential candidate promises a cow in every home

November 4, 2005 Posted at 3:07 AM EST
@ Associated Press / the globe and mail

Colombo, Sri Lanka — A wealthy Sri Lankan presidential candidate said he will use his personal fortune to buy a cow for every home if he is elected.

“Every Sri Lankan home will be gifted with a high milk-yielding cow from [the Indian state of] Kerala which could be expected to yield 10 litres to 16 litres of milk every day,” Victor Hettigoda was quoted as saying by The Island newspaper on Friday.

“Even families who live in flats, who could make suitable arrangements to look after a cow, will receive a gift of cow,” he was quoted as saying.

Anusha Vitanapathirana, a spokesman for Mr. Hettigoda, confirmed the report.

Mr. Hettigoda is one of 13 candidates vying for the tropical island's top executive post in the Nov. 17 presidential election.

The leading candidates are Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Mr. Hettigoda said his plan was a sure way to fight malnutrition and make people prosper, and suggested that excess milk could be converted into cheese and butter or even exported.

Sri Lanka's indigenous cattle are poor dairy animals. They are small, with an average adult weight of 160 kilograms and low milk yields.

Mr. Hettigoda owns an herbal medicine empire, the Siddalepa Group of Companies, with 3,500 employees.


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