Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardane has proposed that ‘Kansa’ should be cultivated in the country to be used as an item for value addition in the export industry.
He told Daily Mirror the British colonial rulers had banned the cultivation of Kansa which was a plant with valuable medicinal properties that could be used in the manufacture of cancer drugs and cosmetics.
“We should lift the ban on Kansa cultivation. It should be cultivated under protective measures to be used solely for value addition in the export industry. We have to go for export diversification and think of market diversification without depending solely on western countries to purchase our goods,” the minister said at a forum of exporters last Saturday.
“The British colonial rulers banned Kansa cultivation in the country but is grown in other countries. If Kansa is allowed to be grown, there are foreign pharmaceutical manufactures to ready to invest here. It is only for the export industry . We cannot allow it to be used for recreational activities ,” he said adding that university academic Dr. Wasantha Sena Welianga had published a research paper on Kansa.
In 2018, the then Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne also mentioned the need to lift restrictions on the cultivation of cannabis for use in the preparation of traditional medicine while former minister Tissa Karaliyadda also talked about the need to do so for the benefit of Ayurvedic medicine.(Kelum Bandara)
You’d find a section of society suddenly turning towards getting Ayurvedic treatment for their elements/addictions
Zain Jhan Wednesday, 02 September 2020 11:12 AM
But don't you think that section of the society already has access to these resources through illegal methods which have proved to be harmful (synthetic cannabis, formalin sprayed cannabis like KG etc) and promotes smuggling and drug lords?
Gamini Wednesday, 02 September 2020 11:39 AM
Says not depend on western countries and yet, it is exported to Western countries where it is legalised. haha
Medalankara de Choppe ( Rev) Wednesday, 02 September 2020 11:56 AM
Well done B.G.This is what was lacking. We will be millionaires by 2025
L de Silva Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:44 PM
Very good decision! High time we did away with these fake Victorian values and follow the path of our ancestors and the values imbibed in us through generations, whilst the Brits were still climbing trees!
Dutchman Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:45 PM
We have our own, thank you.
Vadivelu Yogaratnam Wednesday, 02 September 2020 01:52 PM
This man is off his head, burden for this planet.
AB Wednesday, 02 September 2020 05:31 PM
Seems short of some tangible projects, after refused multi billion dollar cricket ground,now growing cannabis,
Odin Thursday, 03 September 2020 06:58 AM
Is that what happens to all the heroine they seize? Re-exported?
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