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Cabinet decides to stop oil palm cultivation forthwith

29 November 2019 06:04 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Galle District Secretary Somarathna Widanapathirana said that a decision taken by the Cabinet at the meeting that was held on November 11 to immediately stop the cultivation of oil palm in Sri Lanka has been conveyed to him.

He said so yesterday (28) while explaining the matters at the District Environmental Committee that was held in Galle District Secretariat.

He informed the police officers who attended the meeting that there was no barrier to take legal action against the cultivators of oil palm in future because the Cabinet has decided to stop the cultivations of oil palm. He added that he would inform the relevant officers including Galle Division OIC and DIG about taking action in this regard.

Recently, stiff opposition was raised by the people and various environmental organisations regarding the harm caused to the environment due to the cultivation of oil palm and there were many problems which had arisen throughout the district without a definite decision regarding this cultivation. (Sirangika Lokukarawita and G.W.K.Prematillake de Silva)

  Comments - 7

  • Yehiya Friday, 29 November 2019 09:37 AM

    oil palm is most profitable business.

    sss Friday, 29 November 2019 10:20 AM

    who allowed the coconut trees to be replaced with oil palm in the first place. Most likely some inducements must have been given to relevant officers and politicos

    Sundralingam Friday, 29 November 2019 10:46 AM

    I would like to congratulate this new government for taking this bold decision, putting environment and people’s livelihoods above vast profit possible from this oil palm cultivation. No other third world country was able to stop this multi-billion oil palm cultivation, including Malaysia and Indonesia.

    Anmanpan Friday, 29 November 2019 10:55 AM

    This was an export oriented project. Now that is stopped. We will soon end up selling whole country or going back to the stone age.

    nancy Friday, 29 November 2019 12:03 PM

    This is a good decision .. this plantation has done a drastic destruction to Malaysian farming lands.

    Arnold Friday, 29 November 2019 03:01 PM

    Are we stopping tea and rubber plantations too??

    Christine Welangoda Saturday, 30 November 2019 07:29 AM

    God forgive the officials who approved this disastrous Palm plantations which replaced acres of coconut and cinnamon plantations in Srilanka.It is proved that Palm oil is highly poisonous to human body.

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