Blight worsens in Southern province
The blight that affected coconut cultivation in the Southern Province
has worsened and about 225,273 coconut trees in the Matara district have
been uprooted to prevent spreading of the blight, an official of the
Coconut Cultivation Board told the Sunday Observer. Up to date
compensation paid for the trees that were cut and removed by the owners
amounted to Rs. 450,546. He said a remedy against the blight had not yet
been found, and that the only way to prevent the spreading of the blight
was to uproot and destroy the affected trees.
At present, the transport of coconut saplings or coconut by-products
including coir fibre, coconut shells and husks from the affected areas
to other areas has been prohibited.