Prez seeks solution to problem of wild animals destroying 40% of crop

Monkeys responsible for loss of one million coconuts

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: President Maithripala Sirisena said, in Kandy, on Wednesday, that action had to be taken to solve the problem of wild animals destroying at least 40 per cent of the crop. 

President Sirisena made the observation at a meeting held to review the progress of ‘Gramashakthi" programme in the Central Province at President’s House in Kandy.

 The President said wild elephants and monkeys destroyed the crops in most parts of the country.

 Monkeys destroyed as many as one million coconuts annually, the President revealed.

When steps were taken to eradicate the menace objections came from various quarters such as animal right groups, but some lasting solution to the issue had to be found, the President added.

 District Secretaries of Kandy (H. M. P. Hitisekara), Nuwara Eliya (N. B. R. Pushpakumara) and Matale (S. M. G. A. Perera) explained progress of the Gramashakthi programme in their respective districts.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella, State Ministers Lucky Jayawardana and V. Radakrishnan and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake were present.


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