Oct 18, Colombo: The Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute The premier national Institute in the field of socio-economic research relating to agrarian sector in Sri Lanka has been given the responsibility to find a permanent practical solution to prevent crop damage by wild animals.
President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Ministry of Agriculture to look into permanent measures to prevent crop damages caused by wild animals.
The wild animals destroy about one-third of the crop produced by the farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture says.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has therefore entrusted Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute to find a solution to minimize the crop damage. All preventive measures taken so far have been unsuccessful.
At a discussion held at the institute this morning, the Minister instructed the officers involved, to look into a mechanism that will not be harmful to humans or animals.
A recent survey has revealed that crops worth 18 billion rupees are damaged due to wildlife invasions. This amounts to around 35 percent of the total cultivations of the country.