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The Cabinet has decided to grant permission for coconut cultivation in all paddy lands that cannot be cultivated, said Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

As there is a shortage of coconut saplings in the country at present, a circular will be issued soon to allow each Divisional Secretariat to start coconut nurseries at a cost of Rs.05 laks.

The decision to allow the cultivation of coconuts in all paddy lands that cannot be cultivated was made when the Presidential Task Force on Green Socio-Economic Solutions to Climate Change was convened at the Ministry of Environment yesterday (16).

The discussion was chaired by the Chairman of the Task Force, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and the Secretary of the Task Force, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, and Secretary to the Ministry of Environment. Ministers of State Duminda Dissanayake, Shashindra Rajapaksa, Kanaka Herath and many Secretaries and officials of the Ministries participated in this event through the Zoom application.

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the Minister of Finance has requested all Ministries to extend support to carry out this programme under the Ministry of Plantations.

The Presidential Task Force on Green Socio-Economic Solutions to Climate Change was convened at the Ministry of Environment yesterday (16).

The discussion was chaired by the Chairman of the Task Force, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and the Secretary of the Task Force, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, and Secretary to the Ministry of Environment. Ministers of State Duminda Dissanayake, Shashindra Rajapaksa, Kanaka Herath and many Secretaries and officials of the Ministries participated in this event through the Zoom application.

The Task Force also agreed to hold a special discussion with Minister of State Shashindra Rajapaksa and his officials on the issues currently arising in the agriculture sector.

The Minister said that all the sub-committees appointed under the Presidential Task Force for a Green Socio-Economic Solution to Sustainable Climate Change have been well organized and working towards their objectives. (Daily News)