2,968 acres in Kilinochchi for agriculture and cattle grazing
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda yesterday (2) said that 2,968 acres of land in the Kilinochchi District will be released for agriculture and cattle grazing. He said 2,118 acres could be used for agriculture while the remaining 850 acres could be used to graze cattle.
He said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed officials to instruct farmers in the District to undertake agriculture activities in suitable lands in the Kilinochchi District.
Devananda said that following his initiatives, the President has granted permission to make use of a large stretch of cultivable lands for agriculture and cattle grazing where cultivation had been earlier carried out.
Several thousands of agricultural lands had been abandoned during the war period. Later after the cessation of hostilities, the Department of Wildlife declared a considerable stretch of agricultural and grazing land as protected area, he said.
Due to these measures the livelihood and economic standards of thousands of families who had been utilising these lands for agriculture and cattle grazing had been severely impacted and they suffered many hardships with no alternative means for livelihood, he said.
The Minister said he discussed this issue with the President, Ministers and officials. President Rajapaksa has directed officials to hand over this stretch of land for agriculture and to graze cattle.
Minister Devananda added that 1,299 acres in the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat (DS) Division, 280 acres in the Kandavalai DS Division, 453 aces in the Pachchilaipalli DS Division and 87 acres in the Poonakary DS Division can be vested to farmers for agriculture and cattle grazing cattle.