The Army said it would release another 1,099 acres of land used for cultivation in the Northern Province to civilians.
President Maithripala Sirisena has directed the army release state lands being used as Army farms in North and East provinces while ensuring no impact to national security.
Accordingly, the Army said it has identified 1099 acres of state land in the Northern Province which would be released within a short period in addition to the ongoing process of releasing private and state lands in the North and East.
Subsequently, a total of 479 acres, belonging to the Forest Conservation Department of the Poonakary Divisional Secretariat in Kilinochchi District will be released.
A total of 120 acres, belonging to the Forest Conservation Department of the Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat in Mullaitivu and 500 acres belonging to the Forest Conservation Department of the Manthai West Divisional Secretariat in Mannar District would be released.
Documents pertaining to the release of these land plots would be formally delivered to the District Secretaries of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar during a brief ceremony headed by the Northern Province Governor in January 2019, the Army said.