Nuwara Eliya District Secretary, Nandana Galaboda said, immediate action will be taken to stop the distribution of jak, grown on private and government lands in the Nuwara Eliya District, to feed animals at a livestock farm in the Watawala area.
Watawala residents said, a large number of dairy cattle were found in Watawala and that when grass, maize, and poonac were in short supply, owners of these animals buy jak, cut it up and feed it to the animals.
Meanwhile, according to a senior official of the Ginigathhena Divisional Secretariat, despite the felling of jak trees being prohibited in the Nuwara Eliya District, under the Food Security Programme, livestock management officials cut down jak trees grown on private and government lands throughout the district and transport it to the farm. He said following the complaint that jak was being fed to cattle, villagers in the Ginigathhena DS Division were notified. They then took steps to divert several vehicles that had come to the farm to buy jak.
Meanwhile , livestock workers and others had gone to the outstations not only in the Nuwara Eliya District to buy jak at very low prices and make a killing.
BY Neeta Pathma Kumari – Norwood