The State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon stated that the prevailing laws have been amended for the use of firearms for crop protection purposes and it has been decided to revise agricultural land area to five (05) acres for the issuance of those permits.
Clarifying further on this regard, the Minister said that this timely decision was taken as a matter of urgency since crops in large amounts are destroyed within a year due to various wild animals.
Minister Tennakoon further said that the government is working on diverse programs to promote agriculture in the country, strengthen the agricultural economy and food security in the country.
The Minister also mentioned that we are working tirelessly to empower the farmers to produce the things required for consumption within the country and to develop agriculture.
Elaborating further in this regard, the Minister stated that more details on the use of firearms for crop protection activities can be obtained from the respective District Secretariats.