A popular slogan in Libya these days is the call for a "Green Revolution" to revitalise and expand agricultural production.
A popular slogan in Libya these days is the call for a "Green Revolution" to revitalise and expand agricultural production. Thanks to a dairy farming experiment in Tripoli, milk may soon be flowing as freely as the Libyan oil supplies.
Visnews cameraman Ken Ludlow has been looking round the experimental dairy unit -- the country's first -- which is in operation a couple of miles from the centre of Tripoli. In the past, Libya has had no source of fresh milk. But directors of the project hope that it will expand to provide sufficient milk for the country's needs within the next four years.
SYNOPSIS: Fresian cows from Denmark crop up in some unlikely places. These are at a special experimental farming unit a couple of miles from the centre of Tripoli, and they are becoming the basis of Libya's newly introduced dairy farming industry. Three years ago, when this centre was set up, Libya had no source of fresh milk supplies. But milk should soon be flowing in quantities to rival Libya's oil supplies. This unit hopes to be able to met all national needs within the next four years.
To accomplish its target, the Tripoli dai??? unit is importing a further nine-thousand fresian cows from Denmark to add to the one-thousand already installed. Fresians are chosen because they stand up to the climate better, yield more beef and product milk with a lower fat content. The milk produced at present is supplied to hospital and the armed forces.
Calves stay for three days with their mothers and are then moved onto artificial feeding units. The same Tripoli centre is also carrying out experiments in rearing beef cattle, poultry and bees. All dairy cattle are TB tested and they are being fed concentrated vitamins, antibiotics and calcium.