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Red Sandalwood cultivation programme mooted

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Red Sandalwood (Pteracarpus santalainus) can be easily cultivated in our country but it has become a rare plant due to the difficulty of finding plants for cultivation.

Proposals have been submitted to the Presidential Task Force for sustainable Economic through the Climate Change mitigation.

The discussion of the Task force was held with the participation of the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and the Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Anil Jasinghe at Ministry of Environment recently.

These facts were revealed during a recent discussion in the same Task Force.

It was revealed that not only Nellie but also Kohomba and Mee seeds also have to be imported from India to Sri Lanka at a cost of US $ 09 million annually from the country’s foreign exchange. At present there are not enough Red Sandalwood plants in our country and sandalwood and white sandalwood are also imported from India. At present there are only 37 adult sandalwood plants grown in our country. A mature sandalwood plant costs around Rs. 20 million. The average mature sandalwood tree is 8-12 m tall. This plant is a species that can grow well in the dry zone.

Speaking at the discussion, the Ayurvedic doctors said that a programme to plant 1000 sandalwood saplings should be started and that they have already planted 4,800 sandalwood saplings in various parts of the island. He also stated that the required seedlings could be provided for this purpose.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the Ministry of Environment will take steps to select 1000 places in the island and plant 1000 sandalwood saplings in those places.

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