Air Force Seed Bombing continues to the sixth wave

November 24, 2021
  •  Air Force helicopter drops 65,000 seed bombs

A MI-17 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force was utilized to drop approximately 65,000 seed bombs on the Wattegama Kebilitta Government Forest Reserve in the Siyambalanduwa Divisional Secretariat on Tuesday (Nov 23).

According to Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) media sources, this round of seed bombing was carried out under the sixth wave of seed bombing project undertaken by the Air Force in collaboration with the Forest Conservation Department, Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Peradeniya, Central Environment Authority and MAS Capital (Pvt) Ltd.

The seed bombs were dropped covering a 70 acre area of the forest reserve, the SLAF says. It is expected that the seeds have a better chance of germinating and taking root during this monsoon season which has seen heavy downpours in most parts of the country during the past few weeks.

These seed bombs are embedded with seeds of native trees such as Kon (Schleichera oleosa), Kohomba (Azadirachta indica), Maila (Bauhinia racemose), Ma Dan (Syzygium cumini), Siyambala (Tamarindus indica), Mee (Madhuca longifolia), Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Kumbuk (Terminalia arjuna), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Bulu (Terminalia belerica), Kithul (Caryota urens), Munamal (Mimusops elengi), Aralu (Oroxylum indicum), Domba (Calophyllum inophyllum) and Ketakala (Bridilia retusa).