Eastern farmers ask for their lands back Allege Forest Department Officials preventing access

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By 2017-11-15

By Our Ampara Correspondent

Farmers of Vaddamadu in the Thirukkovil Divisional Secretariat area staged a protest march in Akkaraipattu yesterday demanding the release of their lands for paddy cultivation. They allege that officials of the Forest Department are preventing them from accessing their farm lands. The 'Struggle for regaining our cultivable lands' completed its 10th day yesterday. Farmers lamented that this obstruction by Forest Department's officials in the recent past has dealt a big blow and said that an extent of 1,585 acres of lands in Veppayadi, Kokkuluwa, Muranawaddi and Vaddamadu Puthukkandam belonging to 750 farmers are in the hands of these officials resulting in a loss of livelihood.

Farmers also told our correspondent that such actions by the Forest Department only tarnished the image of the Government of Good Governance and if it was not resolved their lives would be very bleak.

Therefore, they appealed to the Government to take immediate steps to sort out the problems and allow them to engage in paddy cultivation.

The protesters, who had previously blocked the road, now allow vehicle movement as usual and sit at the roundabout with slogans. Adviser of the Vaddamadu Farmers Association M.I.A.R. Buhary said that they would continue this protest until a favourable solution is found.

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