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50 million rupees allocated to control the Senaa caterpillar

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By ITN News Editor January 7, 2019 18:58

50 million rupees allocated to control the Senaa caterpillar

The Ministry of Agriculture has allocated a sum of fifty million rupees to control the special type of the Senaa caterpillar.
This special type of caterpillar has damaged several types of crops including maize and sugar cane. Minister P. Harrison and a group of senior officials toured Nachchaduwa in the Anuradhapura District to make inquiries in this respect. The Minister told the farmers that a sum of fifty million rupees has been allocated to grant a subsidy of fifty percent for the purchase of insecticides. The spraying of insecticides using the drone technology is being carried out on a trial basis.
Meanwhile, agricultural officials have taken initiatives to temporary halt the sale of maize that is taking place on either side of the Chilaw-Colombo main road.
This decision has been reached after an inspection carried out by officials of the Puttalam Deputy Agricultural Director’s office and Public Health Inspectors. The decision was taken due to the presence of the Senaa caterpillar in the maize that was examined. The Pubic Health Inspectors took the initiative of destroying maize that were stocked in the outlets. Puttalam Deputy Agricultural Director W.M.S. Wanninayake informed that the sale of maize has been banned until further notice.
In the meantime, Minister P. Harrison also inspected the cultivations in the Mullaituvu and Kilinochchi Districts that were destroyed by the recent floods. He met cultivators in the Murusamuttu area in Kilinochchi and told them that the Government was ready to compensate them on behalf of the damaged cultivations. He told the farmers that a programme will be implemented to reconstruct the tanks and anicuts that were damaged by the floods.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 7, 2019 18:58

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