Five thousand hectares in Moneragala, Kotiyagala released for farming on a temporary basis
A discussion was held at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday (1) under the patronage of President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake on the utilization of land in Moneragala, Kotiyagala and Kebilitta areas for farming to face the food crisis in the future.
These lands were previously reserved for reforestation.
Currently, around 8,000 hectares of land in the Moneragala, Kotiyagala and Kebilitta areas coming under the Forest Department has been reserved for reforestation.
It was decided to commence the afforestation activities immediately in the 3,000 hectares where saplings have been prepared for afforestation.
The issue of the remaining 5,000 hectares of land to be distributed among farmers temporarily for cultivation until the necessary facilities for reforestation were prepared was also discussed at length.
It was also focused, during the discussion on the possibilities of releasing a certain extent of land for cattle rearing on a temporary basis.President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake advised the Forest Conservation Department to seek the advice of the Attorney General to resolve the
legal issues that may arise in carrying out these activities and instructed heads of all related line institutions accordingly.
Presidential Adviser on Food Security Dr.Suren Batagoda, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Ministry Secretary R.M.C.M.A. Herath and a group of heads of line institutions and officers also participated.