Farmers need rifles to minimise crop damage from animals - State Minister | Daily News

Farmers need rifles to minimise crop damage from animals - State Minister

A mechanism to reduce the population of monkeys, toque macaques and giant squirrels in the Southern and Uva Provinces to minimise damage caused by them to the coconut cultivation, Plantations Minister Arundika Fernando said.

He also added in the Anamaduwa area too the cultivators face issues from the toque macaques (rilaw) elephants, wildboar, porcupine and peacock. He added that the laws have banned their killing and the increase of their population affects the crops.

He added that the farmers should be given air rifles or other similar kind of weapon to protect their cultivations.

He added those weapons that had been given to the farmers were collected during the former Good Governance Government tenure.


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