Proposed Aloe cultivation in Anuradhapura will earn USD 1,650 m annually – Minister Chandrasena | Daily News

Proposed Aloe cultivation in Anuradhapura will earn USD 1,650 m annually – Minister Chandrasena

The meeting in progress.
The meeting in progress.

Land Minister S.M. Chandrasena said that certain parties were slinging mud at him and the proposed aloe (Komarika) cultivation that could provide an annual income of USD 1,650 m.

The Minister said that under this public-private agriculture project, aloe will be grown in over 100,000 acres in the Anuradhapura District, providing 215,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting, which was held at the Anuradhapura Kachcheri recently, for exchanging views of the stakeholders of the proposed Aloe Cultivation Project.

Minister Chandrasena said that the project will empower the people in the district. “It will conserve the environment as well although these people accuse me of environmental pollution,” the Minister said.

Managing Director of the Avura Lanka Herbals (Pvt.) Company, which is investing in the project, Viraj Thambugala said that the Company will invest USD 783 million in the project under two phases.

He said that cultivating aloe will be promoted in all 22 District Secretariat Divisions in the Anuradhapura District. “The main aloe processing factory will be built in Rajangane. Over 400,000 tonnes of aloe will be exported to America alone,” he said.

The proposed aloe cultivation (120,000 acres) will need about 400,000 tonnes of carbonic fertilizer annually, he said. The Managing Director said that a farmer can earn Rs. 300,000 per month from the project.

About million milch cows will be distributed among farmers to produce liquid milk and cow dung will be used for compost manure for the project, he said.

The Cabinet has given approval for the aloe cultivation on August 30. The Avura Lanka Herbals (Pvt.) Company will initially spend USD 370 million on the first phase of the project next year.

Land Ministry Secretary R.K. Ranawaka CEA Chairman, Land Commissioner General Keerthi Gamage, Anuradhapura Additional Government Agent Bandara Navarathne, Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith and Ministry Officials including Wildlife and Forest Conservation Officials were present.

 


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