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Coconut trees in Matara contract disease

Coconut trees in the Matara District have contracted a disease and nearly 300,000 trees have been felled to prevent the disease from spreading. The leaves and buds of the trees that contracted the disease are withering, Coconut Cultivation District Regional Manager E.Leelananda said.

Owners of the trees, which were felled, have been compensated with Rs.3,000 per tree, which costs 26 million to the Coconut Cultivation Board (CCB). The disease is fairly under control now, he said.

It has spread in the Matara, Weligama, Devinuwera and Dickwella Divisional Secretariat Divisions. Thihagoda, Malimbada, Kamburupitiya, Akuressa and Hakmana have been also affected, he said.

The CCB has conducted awareness programmes and encouraged the residents to plant coconut saplings.

Meanwhile, transporting affected coconut trees or parts of them to other regions had been prohibited.