Disease affecting coconut crops brought under control

The disease affecting coconut cultivations in the Matara district has been brought under control, Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB) Matara Regional Manager Leelananda Gabbadage said.

Nearly 300,000 fruit bearing coconut trees in the Matara district were cut down due the spread of the disease in the district, officials attached to Matara District office of the Coconut Cultivation Board said. Each owner of these trees has been compensated at the rate of Rs. 3,000 per tree, officials stated. Cutting down of diseased trees and banning the transport of all raw materials relating to coconut products from and through the affected areas has made a positive impact in controlling the spread of the disease, they said.

Officials also instructed cultivators and landowners as to the urgent need of informing the officials responsible if they notice any symptoms of the disease in their cultivations. Every endeavour possible is currently being made by the Coconut Cultivation Board to prevent the spread of this disease, Gabbadage added.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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