Coconut development projects from Plantation Ministry
The Plantation Ministry has embarked on coconuut development projects
worth of Rs.1289 Million for this year. Ministry Spokesman said, For the
initial stage, the funds amounting to Rs.633.07 million were obtained
from the general treasury to commence on accelerated programme.
The re-cultivation programme on an area of 12,598 acres is planned at
a cost of Rs.130 million. A program to rehabilitate 9375 acres of
coconut lands, at a cost of Rs. 80 million will be launched."
In addition to this, another program to cultivate 3400 acres of 'Gliricidia'
at a cost of Rs.15.8 million is also estimated. For conservation of
rainwater in 140 units of coconut lands, the amount estimated is Rs.15
million. For the cultivation program of coconuts in gardens, Rs.90
million has been allocated.
In connection with this, it is intended to plant 803,500 small new
For subsidiary crops and animal husbandry an area of 4700 acres is in
progress at a cost of Rs.19.27 million. A sum of Rs.90 million has been
allocated for the coconut manure programme. 9300 metric tons of manure
has been distributed. It has been decided to launch a program to remove
weak trees. With regard to this, 58,375 trees have been identified, and
the expenditure allocated is Rs.40 million.
The coconut cultivation board has allocated Rs.5 million to be spent
on a program to introduce coconut pesticides. While several special
coconut cultivation programs are in progress, the expenditure will
amount to Rs.25 million for these projects. To increase crops in coconut
plantation at a district level,several programs have been launched at a
sum of Rs.25 million.
Under the ''Kapruka' investment scheme, 3900 acres will be developed
at a sum of 30 million. For the carbon-chemical coconut cultivation
program, the expenditure will amount to Rs.30 million. The balance 62
million will be spent on various coconut developing projects.