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Amendment Allows Firearms for Crop Protection as Crop Damage Surges

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In response to the escalating destruction of crops by wild animals, the laws governing the use of firearms for crop protection purposes have been amended, announced State Minister of Defence, Premitha Bandara Tennakoon.

The amendment entails expanding the permissible agricultural land area for issuing permits to five (05) acres.

“The urgency of the situation prompted the decision, as vast quantities of crops continue to be decimated annually by various wild animals. With the revised extent of agricultural land, farmers will now have access to firearms as a means of safeguarding their livelihoods.”

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to promoting and strengthening the agricultural economy and ensuring food security, Minister Tennakoon highlighted the diverse programs being implemented. These initiatives aim to support farmers and enhance agricultural practices across the country.

For further information regarding the use of firearms for crop protection activities, interested parties are advised to contact their respective District Secretariats. The government aims to provide clear guidelines and assistance in this regard, facilitating the responsible use of firearms while minimizing crop damage, he said.

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