Wildlife Dept told to open forest boundaries

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Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera instructed the Department of Wildlife Conservation to provide land outside the forest conservation limits for cultivation during the Maha season.

Accordingly, 3,054 hectares of land has been identified in the Jaffna District alone. Special discussions was held in this regard considering requests made by farmers to re-cultivate lands currently declared forest conservation areas that had been previously cultivated.

Moreover, Amaraweera noted that 375,000 tonnes of urea provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been handed over to 375,000 farming families free of charge.