Sustainable development and Wildlife Minister Sarath Fonseka said yesterday steps were being taken to grow grasslands on 15 acres of land to feed wild elephants.
He told parliament that forest lands suitable for this purpose were being identified at the moment.
"We are engaged in the process of identifying the areas suitable to grow grass. The project is funded by the United Nations Organisations," the minister said.
In a response to a question asked by UNP MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne, the minister said these grasslands would help feed about 1,500 wild elephants which strayed into villages looking for food.
He said the move would be an effective solution to the human-elephant conflict. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
SL Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:23
SF and his deputy will do a good job ,They have the interest to do a good job and they 'll definitely implement their programs not like other jokers
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Unchikun Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:25
How about the ones at Sri Jayawardenapura?
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Ajith Indi Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:30
Please collect vegetable waste collected at Economic centers like Dambulla and send them to special feeding areas inside the jungle. This will further enhance by , buying vegetable from farmers at flat rate,whereas they do not have to dump their crop for garbage, but can sell at a reasonable price. This will help both elephants
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Lalu Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:16
What an idea. Convert the jungles into an orphanage like Pinnawala.
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Ronnie Bugger Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:43
Here is a doer of the calibre of Sajith. Keep in up, Field Marshal.
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stardust Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:10
15 acres are never enough to feed 1500 elephants. And it wont take long time before a VIP will send his bungalos there to graze...... via DM Android App
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Ram Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:34
Do u think 15 acres of land is enough to feed 100 elephants. Need 150 hectares.
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Dias Saturday, 22 September 2018 13:48
How about wipaththu SF?
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Nil Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:25
During last government,many big shots started to keep baby elephants and heard they were caught after killing there mothers,this sinful I a ct heard done,someomre with blessing of politically higher ups.and the Ali potha,the registry too missing from the ministry,this is good issue to current minister to check in
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Criminal Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:40
Finally ! He speaks of his portfolio .
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Labby Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:41
The idea is good but 15 acres is a very small area. Can you confine elephants to 15 acres in the wild?
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Senewi Sunday, 23 September 2018 16:32
Agriculture minister is trying to control wildlife population to control crop damage done by them. At the same time the Wildlife minister is planning to reduce the area of the motherland of wildlife .There is no one to look after the welfare of wildlife .
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