Court allows export of K’ himbutuCourt allows export of K’ himbutu

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By 2017-04-21

By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has authorized the export of a stock of 25,560 kilos of Kothala Himbutu, although there are no legal provisions to allow the extraction of Kothala Himbutu for commercial purposes.

Writing to the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, W.S.K. Pathiratna, Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation says that there is no legal provision to allow the extraction of Salacia Reticulata (Kothalahimbutu) from any State land or commercial land for commercial purposes, under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance (FFPO).

This letter of no objection is valid only for medical preparations made with the stock of 25560 Kgs of Kothalahimbutu released by the Magistrates' Court, Vavuniya."

This stock of Kothalahimbutu, extracted by Eco Tech 21 Company (Pvt) Ltd, was confiscated by the Police last year and was produced before the Vavuniya Magistrate's Court. However the stock was released by the Court.

" The Forest Department has informed this Department that a stock of 25560 kilogrammes of Kothalahimbutu has been released to the above mentioned company, on the Court order, in connection with No B/1272/16 in the Vavuniya Magistrate's Court. This Department has no objection to allowing the above company to export the medicinal preparations from that stock of Kothalahimbutu," Pathiratna said.

Pathiratna is out of the country. Acting DG, M.G.C.Sooriyabandara was not available for comment.

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