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Human-elephant conflict report in two weeks

A detailed report on the long-term and short-term measures to be taken to alleviate the escalating human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka will be submitted to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa within the next two weeks. Dr. Pruthaviraj Fernando, a veteran ecologist has been appointed as the Chairman of this expert committee and Vernon Perera, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Wildlife Conservation has been appointed as its Secretary. The committee consists of representatives of the Department of Wildlife, Forest Conservation, Land, Irrigation, Mahaweli Authority and Government Agents of four districts including Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa where the human-elephant conflict is rampant.

The special committee was appointed three months ago to visit areas where human-elephant conflict is high and exchange views with representatives of public organizations, including farmers’ representatives, to recommend formal practical measures to mitigate the conflict. Members of the committee said the Government should provide relief to the farmers in the district and necessary equipment to construct temporary electric fencing systems to protect their crops and habitats from invasion by wild elephants. The Anuradhapura Government Agent requested that if financial assistance cannot be provided, the electric wire energizer GI pipes required for the fence should be provided at a concessionary price.