President orders complete ban on Palm Oil import
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ordered a complete ban on importing palm oil with immediate effect, the President’s Media Division (PMD) yesterday (5) said.
The Controller General of Department of Imports and Exports Control has been advised to issue the relevant Gazette order to give effect to this directive by the Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera yesterday.
Additionally, the Director-General of Customs has been informed of this decision and advised to refrain from clearing palm oil cargos at the Department of Customs. At the same time, the cultivation of oil palm will be completely banned.
Meanwhile, orders have been issued to ban the cultivation of oil palm completely. About six months ago, the President instructed to gradually ban the cultivation of oil palm in the country.
Furthermore, companies and entities which have grown oil palm cultivations will be required to remove them on a phased-out manner with 10 per cent uprooting at a time and replacing them with rubber trees or other environmental-friendly crops each year. When this is fully operational, the Government intends to stop the cultivation of oil palm and the consumption of palm oil completely, the PMD said.