The felling of coconut trees without permission from the Coconut Cultivation Board has been banned with immediate effect, a minister said.
Coconut Development Minister Jagath Pushpakumara told the media that the Gazette notification in this regard would be issued soon.
You are correct, Our ministers always take Ad-Hoc solutions. it will not work at all. They should find fact and give the solution. they should think how can Government can make coconut cultivations as profitable business. Government should think about spice cultivation too - it also in danger.
Neomal Tuesday, 21 December 2010 01:37 AM
The Govt can train some coconut pluckers also. First they don't see a crisis looming. Then they start finding excuses.
This will never stop.
dammikak Tuesday, 21 December 2010 02:57 AM
This could have been done before 15 years ago.....
Thomas Tuesday, 21 December 2010 02:59 AM
Felling of coconut tries commenced since 1977, when UNP govt commenced on development work, since then cutting down of coconut trees commenced to find land to build houses & factories. Since then coconut prices kept rising. There was a time Sri Lanka boasted of exporting coconuts to India etc. NOW WE IMPORT FROM INDIA. What a calamity.
sherlock Holmes Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:25 AM
looks like you havent been around Sri Lanka...there is enough space in the beautiful land for everyone to live in peace and harmony with people and nature.
sherlock Holmes Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:27 AM
This Govt harped so much about developing agriculture and reviving the & traditional cultivation in this country..... now it looks like all essential commodities needs to be imported.
Kanthi Perera Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:37 AM
1.Good decition although it is too late. 2.Provide fertilizer at a affordble priceto increse theproduction. .3. Importing of coconut is a very sensitive matter.If insects and viruses which can harm our coconut industry also come with imported coconunts,it will be a disaster.(this had happend in the past .For eg.An insect called MITA which you find all over SL came from abroad.
Tonic Tuesday, 21 December 2010 03:46 AM
How many cocos planted during record breaking effort of 1.1M.
Dinesh Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:12 AM
People those who dont have lands can invest in Green projects
Mohamed Shafraz Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:35 AM
Please don't be always negative minded! Please learn to appreciate good Ideas and work Promoting mean promote to do so if they can not forcing to do.
lankaputha Tuesday, 21 December 2010 04:48 AM
Coconut research department is to release a new version of cocnot that you can plant in pot's and you can pluck one coco nut in every day. Wonder of Asia.
azath Tuesday, 21 December 2010 01:36 AM
Exactly Kumar, Baning is not the solution, Their grievances has to be looked into.
Roshan Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:00 AM
Do they have enough space to plant trees, very soon the coconut will fall on your head while walking on the side of the road.
Uncle Johnson Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:24 AM
There's no law which prohibits you from growing a coconut tree in a flat, if you are living it a flat!
Musthafa Bawa Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:37 AM
Age of coconut tree must be defined for cutting?- if it the state rule.
STUPID SRI LANKAN Tuesday, 21 December 2010 06:27 AM
WHEN WE WERE IN SCHOOL,WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE EXPORTERS,OF TEA COCONUT AND RUBBER. NOW WE ARE GOING TO IMPORT COCONUTS. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW HOW MANY COCONUT TREES WERE PLANTED IN THE ONE MILLION TREE GROWING CAMPAIGN, AND OF COURSE THE NUMBER OF TREES CUT AS HUSSEIN SAYS THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THOUGHT OF TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS AGO SRI LANKA WAS ONCE KNOWN AS THE GRANARY OF THE EAST, NOW WE IMPORT RICE.SOON WE WILL BE IMPORTING TEA AND RUBBER UNLESS WE ARE NOT AWARE OF IT. WHAT ABOUT EXPORTING OUR MINISTERS AND IMPORTING A NEW SET ?
TMA Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:12 AM
The country is in crisis. There's not enough land for housing so coconut estates are leveled to make way for housing, but @ the same time there's not enough coconuts to feed the ppl. This is a case of population explosion
Qatar Dilan Habib Tuesday, 21 December 2010 07:35 AM
Always, thinking of saving MONEY is a sickness, not monkeys, the jobless must be trained & used with a good pay. Can’t allow monkeys to take-up human jobs, in this jobless country. LOL
ravi Tuesday, 21 December 2010 08:12 AM
So the coconut tree has to inform in written before falling?
oyage podi guru Tuesday, 21 December 2010 08:18 AM
When the crisis stage is reached is when people begin to take action. That's good in this coconut case because it is not too late.
Pawlpakse Tuesday, 21 December 2010 09:49 AM
Well, they should be prohibited from consuming coconut.
Pawlpakse Tuesday, 21 December 2010 09:52 AM
Maybe you can try planting in your neighbour's land.
Ravi Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:10 PM
I thought Ban ( Ki Moon) is only interested with our human rights. Now he is upto the coconut trees as well
Cobra Monday, 20 December 2010 12:41 PM
Yeah. Closing the stable doors after the horses have bolted!
kumar Monday, 20 December 2010 11:40 AM
This is just a token and meaningless attempt. The reason is, the (1) low prices in the period 2008/9, and (2) very high cost of fertilizer. As a owner of a medium sized plantation, I know we were unable to apply fertilizer for two years because the total cost of about Rs. 650,000/ was more than 60% of the farm-gate nut prices. Also, rampant stealing and other costs make it impossible to maintain coconut land.
local boy Monday, 20 December 2010 11:37 AM
good move .
prasa Monday, 20 December 2010 11:46 AM
Very clever, even cutting the GOK ATHU shall be banned.
fish Monday, 20 December 2010 11:50 AM
Banning is the only solution this gov have
Gamini Monday, 20 December 2010 11:55 AM
Does any one aware how difficult to find a coconut plucker these days. In certain areas there are full of nuts in the trees but no one to pluck. As per news in Thailand they are training monkeys to pluck the coconuts. It wont be a bad idea in SL too.
Roshan D W Monday, 20 December 2010 12:01 PM
Good move..This will stop people plundering coconut estates to sell off for land sales goons.But will be open for coruption.Permits for bribes?
Ranjit W Monday, 20 December 2010 11:58 AM
How about the poor people with no land space?
I Hussein Monday, 20 December 2010 12:11 PM
Ban on coconut palm felling is due the shortage of nuts. If we had enough nuts no ban on cutting trees? This could have been avoided easily if you (govt) were awake 15 years or so ago. Ban all tree (not only coconut palms) felling unless its really needed.
Konde bendapu china Monday, 20 December 2010 12:12 PM
Damage is Done
Devide Monday, 20 December 2010 12:21 PM
What about people who living in flat.
Cobra Monday, 20 December 2010 12:40 PM
What about banning the sale of 'pelamada'?
Tissa Monday, 20 December 2010 11:21 AM
even too late, this is a good decision, welldone minister... , if possible promote to cultivate at lease two coconus trees in every house hold.
True is here Monday, 20 December 2010 01:07 PM
once a upon a time there wasMaiyokka like this,now polgeddy , so same as 1971-1980 SLFP goverment
Yehiya-Doha Monday, 20 December 2010 02:37 PM
These all not remadies. Find a scientific solution.
Janaka Bogollagama Monday, 20 December 2010 04:35 PM
not a good move
Shani Monday, 20 December 2010 06:00 PM
The decision is 'A decade too late!'
gona Monday, 20 December 2010 07:13 PM
Ban should be extended to all tress, th exception should be tree plantations where the trees are grown for timber or where a permit is issued to cover the felling of a tree
Lakmikanth Monday, 20 December 2010 08:08 PM
Very good decision even after Kerala came into the seen.
Ajith Monday, 20 December 2010 11:17 PM
Coconut development minister? I think only our country has every minister for every plants. :)
John Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:10 AM
Bannig the Mouths of People is already happening.
Prasanna Tuesday, 21 December 2010 01:32 AM
That is why people who have land must grow two new coconut trees
Nihal Fernando Tuesday, 21 December 2010 01:34 AM
The ministers and the authorities should have had forward thinking plan to ban the felling on coconut trees long ago and cultivate more and more coconut trees to replace the old ones.
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