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The ancient coconut timber processing process in Sri Lanka has long been a source of controversy.
This time, the country’s ruling party is trying to push the process into the spotlight, even as it seeks to revive the timber industry.
According to reports, the government is trying the old coconut timber process in order to revive a traditional practice of harvesting coconut trees from forests in the country.
Coconut trees are harvested from forests under the supervision of forest authorities, but it is only through the traditional method of coconut logging that coconut trees are sold for the market.
The coconut wood used in this process is dried in a coconut barrel, and the dried coconut wood is used for making coconut wood paste.
However, the coconut wood that is used to make coconut paste is from a different forest, and therefore does not have the same biological traits as the coconut trees used to produce coconut paste.
The government is seeking the input of coconut trees experts, as well as representatives of the industry, in order for it to revive this ancient process.
According to the official website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Coconut Timber Processing and Marketing Act of 2008, will “create a coconut tree nursery, to ensure that all the coconut tree trees harvested from the forests under its control are harvested according to the ancient coconut log harvesting methods.”
However, the website does not give the exact details of the process, or specify how many trees it plans to harvest from the forest.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) and the Forestry Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (FRSC) are currently holding a public hearing to determine whether the ancient process of coconut harvesting is valid.
The government is also seeking comments from coconut trees producers and timber retailers.COCONUT TRADING AND TRADE CORPORATION, a Tamil Nadu-based trade body, has launched an online campaign calling for the government to reopen the coconut logging process and return coconut trees to their forests.
“The coconut tree harvesting process is not in line with traditional coconut tree farming practices.
This process is only used to sell the wood and coconut oil that are grown from coconut wood.
We urge the government and the people to re-open this ancient practice and return the coconut timber from the plantations to the forests,” said the group’s chief executive officer, S.V.K. Gopalan.
The campaign also has the backing of the National Coconut Oil Association of India (NCOI), a trade body that represents the coconut oil industry.NCOEI, however, has not responded to the ministry’s call for comment.
In a recent meeting with the National High Commission for Tourism (NHCT), Tourism Minister K.S. Radhakrishnan said the government will not be in favour of the reopening of the coconut log logging process.
“The government will only open this process in the context of a national awareness campaign.
We will not allow this process to be closed down,” Radhakishnan said.
In the meantime, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (DFC) P.
Vimalan said the ministry has received a letter from a forestry department official asking for an investigation into the matter.
“We will not take any action against the forestry department, but the matter is being looked into,” he said.