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SLAF launches fifth aerial seed bombing mission

The Sri Lanka Air Force under the guidance of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana together with the Forest Conservation Department and the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya initiated the fifth wave of seed bombing at Wattegama Kebilitta Government Forest Reserve in the Siyamblanduwa Divisional Secretariat recently.

The Command Agro Unit at SLAF Base Katunayake under the leadership of Group Captain Rajeev Kodippili and the Forest Conservation Department organized this mission to achieve the aim of improving the forest density of Sri Lanka in order to reach the sustainable development goals of the country by increasing the forest cover from 27% to 32% by the year 2030.

The first wave of the mission was executed at Ranorawa government forest in a five acres land area and approximately 5,000 seed bombs were released. During the second wave 67,000 seed bombs were dropped over a 60 acres area inside the forest of Lahugala in Ampara. The third wave which was conducted in December 2020 saw the dropping of approximately 30,000 seed bombs over a 25 acres land area within the Lahugala National Park. The fourth wave was also carried out in the Lahugala National Park where 70,000 seed bombs were dropped over a 60 acre area. 

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