Sept 23, Colombo: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera said that a practical program will be implemented within a short period of time to prevent crop damage caused by animals such as peacocks and monkeys.
The Minister disclosed this when the issue was discussed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Agriculture held recently in Parliament.
The MPs present at the meeting pointed out the damage caused by wild animals to agricultural activities.
The Minister pointing out the need to get the views of all the necessary parties for this said he is expecting everyone’s support in this regard.
Also, the provision of fertilizer and fuel for vegetable farmers engaged in cultivation in Nuwara Eliya district was also discussed here.
The Animal Welfare Bill was also considered in this Committee. The MPs who were present said that an explanation is needed about this bill and accordingly it was decided that the committee will meet on another day to discuss this bill.
Deputy Chairperson of Committees Angajan Ramanathan, State Ministers D.B. Herath, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Anuradha Jayaratne, Kanaka Herath, Kader Mastan and Members of Parliament Udayakanta Gunathilaka, S. Sritharan, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Duminda Dissanayake, Upul Mahendra Rajapaksa, Chandima Weerakkody, Mohammad Muzammil, Gunathilaka Rajapaksa, T. Kalaiyarasan, V. Radhakrishnan and G. Karunakaram were present at this occasion.