Human-elephant conflict in Kandy will be resolved this year – Minister Aluthgamage | Daily News

Human-elephant conflict in Kandy will be resolved this year – Minister Aluthgamage

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that the human-elephant conflict in the Kandy District will be resolved this year since erecting electric fences covering a number of villages adjacent to the Victoria, Randenigala and Rantambe Reserves will be completed this year.

Wild elephants invade Hasalaka, Minipe, Ududumbara and Medadumbara in the Kandy District causing severe difficulties for the residents, the Minister said.

He was addressing a District Infrastructure Development Committee meeting at the Kandy District Secretariat Auditorium recently. He said that the biggest obstacle that farmers are facing now is animals invading their cultivations.

The Minister said that the Wildlife Ministry along with other stakeholders was involved in erecting the electric fences.

The electric fence costs very much and however, 43.8 km of the fence will be constructed this year, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara said. Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Peradeniya Prof. Ashoka Dangolla said that the University is conducting a pilot project to resolve human-elephant conflict in the country.

Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Transport State Minister Dilum Amunugama, Kandy District Secretary Chandana Tennakoon and others were present.