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Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S.M.Chandrasena said steps would be taken to issue guns to the farmers to protect crops from wild animals. He pointed out that farmers were facing many hardships due to the devastation of crops.

Addressing a meeting at the Uva Province library auditorium in Badulla to review the progress of the “Divi Neguma” programme he pointed out that farmers were facing hardship due to the devastation of crops.

He said the issue of guns would be implemented at Grama Niladhri area basis and that the relevant circular would be issued to the District Secretaries soon.  Officials pointed out that herds of langurs roamed into the human habitats and ruined the home garden crops, which was a serious threat to the farmers.

The minister further said “The Wildlife Conservation Department would take steps to capture and release the langurs to the Yala and Wilpattu sanctuaries in addition to the issue of guns.

It is not a sin to issue guns to protect cultivated land. I am an ardent Buddhist, but I would not leave farmers to the mercy of wild animals. Guns had been issued to the farmers and planters in the past. I can well remember the farmers returning home with the gun on their shoulder in the morning after caring for the paddy fields or Chenas, at night”.  (Palitha Ariyawansa – Badula)

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  • MJ Monday, 30 May 2011 11:12 AM

    what about giving "Hakka patas to farmars " . i think that is more practical mr chandrasena.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 31 May 2011 02:32 AM

    Most irresponsible.

    TMA Monday, 30 May 2011 07:05 AM

    What a solution? Now they're free 2 kill animals

    Bumba Monday, 30 May 2011 07:11 AM

    Guns for farmers to protect them from wild animals. How about the ordinary citizen who has to protect himself from wild humans.

    MagodisThuma Monday, 30 May 2011 07:15 AM

    More than 70% of these farmers are alcoholics. They must be well investigated before giving guns to their hands !.

    Boobamba Monday, 30 May 2011 07:22 AM

    There would be massive protests raised from the animal lovers organizations?

    Rosh Monday, 30 May 2011 07:32 AM

    Why not take measures to implement the Electric Fences than
    spending millions to supply guns.Who will gain from the import of these guns.

    kudu Monday, 30 May 2011 01:07 PM

    why not make it like in the USA guns for everybody
    with the stray dogs and cat problem in Colombo
    please give me a gun

    Just Another Citizen Monday, 30 May 2011 07:37 AM

    They first need to be well educated before anything is given. Or else this will result in unnecessary killing of animals & the guns should be used as a last resort.

    Upul Monday, 30 May 2011 07:58 AM

    Is this to shoot the 'Val Aliyas' or the 'Vana Aliyas'?

    Andy Monday, 30 May 2011 08:04 AM

    Licenced to kill - made in SL!

    Musthafa Monday, 30 May 2011 08:13 AM

    FARMERS WILL MAKE FARMERS EALAM SOON

    wara Monday, 30 May 2011 08:14 AM

    What about guns for the wild animals? who is going to uphold their rights?

    perera Monday, 30 May 2011 08:17 AM

    is it for wal or wana animals.

    i wish chandrasena would clarify that as he decided to change the wal to wana.

    ha ha ha !

    perera Monday, 30 May 2011 08:17 AM

    it is not james bond andy

    v vendetta Monday, 30 May 2011 08:43 AM

    Say goodbye to the Elephants of Sri Lanka....

    TRUTH Monday, 30 May 2011 08:51 AM

    Oh good move... Now atleast farmers can have some meat free of any cost.

    R Monday, 30 May 2011 09:03 AM

    This move is going to back fire for sure!


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