Compensation for Mavilaru paddy lands
COLOMBO: The Government through the Agricultural and Agrarian
Insurance Board (AAIB) is now in the process of valuation of farmers'
paddy lands destroyed due to the closure of the Mavilaru anicut by the
Nearly 8,000 acres of paddy lands belonging to nearly 3,000 farmers
were destroyed following the LTTE's recent move to close down the sluice
gates of Mavilaru anicut.
AAIB officials are now making valuations on the damage caused to the
paddy cultivations of farmers in these affected areas, Agrarian Services
and Farmer Community Development Minister S.M.Chandrasena told the Daily
According to the Minister, the AAIB has already completed valuation
on 3,124 destroyed paddy lands belongs to 1,083 farmers come under the
purview of Sri Perakum, Seruwila, Mahaweligama, Udahiru, Dehiwatta,
Mahaweli Nadie, Sumedhapura, Ekamuthu and Kawantissa Farmer
The AAIB is conducting valuations on affected paddy lands in Thoppur,
Eachalampattu, Kiliveddi, Muttur and Mattampodichetai Divisional
Once these valuation activities are completed, the Government has
decided to grant compensation upto a maximum of Rs.25,000 for each acre
of destroyed paddy lands, the Minister said.
"The AAIB will grant compensation to all affected farmers in Mavilaru,
Muttur, Kantale, Serunuwara, Seruwila, Alla and Mahindapura farmer
colonies in the Trincomalee district whose paddy cultivations were
severely affected as a result of the water blockade," he said.
The AAIB has also decided to grant compensation to farmers who have
cultivated their paddy lands without permits or who have not been
included in the formal lists, he said.
The Government has also decided to grant further relief to all
displaced farmers until they recommence cultivation and to provide
facilities to farmers to resume cultivation during the next season, the