Rs.30 mn compensation for animals that perished in extreme weather

The Rs.30 million has been allocated as compensation for the animals that died in the Northern and Eastern Provinces due to the cold weather caused by the cyclone Mandous that affected the country in December 2022.

A large number of cattle and goats died in many areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces due to the extreme cold weather conditions caused by Cyclone Mandous in the Bay of Bengal in the first week of December 2022.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera advised Ministry officials that compensation should be given to the farmers for these animals.

Rs.30.44 million has been set apart as compensation for the animals that died.

The cheques were handed over by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to Additional Secretary Dr. L.W.N. Samaranayake on Tuesday. Compensation for the dead animals is to be done by the Northern and Eastern Province Agriculture Directors.

Under this, Rs.18.53 million rupees have been allocated to the Northern Province and Rs.11.9 million rupees to the Eastern Province. 514 cattle, 630 calves, 305 goats and 144 kids died in the Northern Province due to the cold weather.

Also, 423 cows, 299 calves, 65 goats and 45 kids died in the Eastern Province.

Rs.20,000 for a cattle, Rs.10,000 for a goat, Rs.5000 for a calf and Rs.3,000 for a kid will be given as compensation.

The minister expressed his gratitude to the government for considering the damage and providing financial allocations to provide these compensations despite the economic crisis in the country.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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