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Sri Lanka to send 100,000 toque monkeys to zoological gardens in China

11 April 2023 07:47 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A group of Chinese representatives has submitted a request to the Agriculture Ministry to provide Sri Lankan toque monkeys to zoological gardens in China.

A special discussion was held yesterday at the Agriculture Ministry in this regard regarding the grant request for 100,000 toque monkeys in our country under the first phase.

According to this discussion, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that steps should be taken to appoint a committee with the approval of the Cabinet to study the legal situation regarding the provision of Sri Lankan toque monkeys to a foreign country.

The minister mentioned that the committee should also include officials from the ministry, the zoology department, the wildlife department, and the Attorney General's department.

In this regard, a cabinet paper is to be prepared for the immediate appointment of this committee.

During the discussion, it was revealed that the current toque monkey population of our country is close to three million. "Toque monkeys are the foremost among the animals that cause crop damage in this country. All the efforts made by the government so far to reduce the population have failed," Minister Amaraweera said.

The survey conducted by the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Training and Research Institute has confirmed that the highest intensity or severity of crop damage has been reported from toque monkeys.

According to surveys conducted in 250 agricultural development areas, toque monkeys have caused complete damage in 110 areas, severe damage in 235 areas, and partial damage in 155 areas. Most of the damage caused by toque monkeys is reported from the North-West Province.

However, it was also emphasized that when looking at the damage caused to crops in Sri Lanka by toque monkeys, it is a matter of happiness that another country came forward to get

*** Toque monkeys have caused complete damage in 110 areas, severe damage in 235 areas, and partial damage in 155 areas. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 8

  • Sri Tuesday, 11 April 2023 08:02 PM

    Please speed up and give at least 2m of them ..because it will double in 10 years ...a lot of damage has been done by them and by elephants as has also increased..this is a wise move and can we get some money for this from China should pay us for this last we found a solution to this issue ...will you do that for elephant too please but not free of charge with money at least 10 percentage of elephants in some residential areas or near to residents in some areas only .. identify the most vulnerable areas for elephant attacks ..

    Sam Tuesday, 11 April 2023 08:24 PM

    That is going to be nice meal to Chinese and handsome commission to the minister

    Buddhist Wednesday, 12 April 2023 09:22 AM

    May be a Dish that the people in that country greatly relish.Sri Lanka can earn foreign exchange by regular exports.

    True Wednesday, 12 April 2023 12:17 PM

    This is the best opportunity for President Ranil Wickramasinghe to send a few from parliament complex as well.

    Citizen k Wednesday, 12 April 2023 02:07 PM

    I can't see any country accepting destructive animal except as a meal.its unbelievable what I read these days.

    Pm Wednesday, 12 April 2023 07:49 PM

    Using negativity as the only tool can only bring disaster, crisis and poverty. Optimism and détermination are needed for development...

    Rob Thursday, 13 April 2023 10:31 AM

    Animals are harmless when you compare to majority humans now days clearing jungles cutting down trees hurting and killing animals for financial gains distroying animal terotaries have create problems

    Ns Friday, 14 April 2023 01:46 PM

    Send 100,226.00 that will solve all problems after new year.

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