MOVES TO PRO­TECT CON­SUMERS FROM PEST-AF­FECTED MAIZE

The pest was now spread­ing to tea and veg­etable cul­ti­va­tion in the Nuwara Eliya Dis­trict

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY RAN­JITH RAJAPAKSE

The Hat­ton Dikoya Ur­ban Coun­cil has taken steps to pro­tect the con­sumers from any health haz­ard from the maize af­fected by the Fall Army Worm pest ( Sena Dalam­buwa). Head PHI of the Ur­ban Coun­cil Ramiah Balakr­ish­nan said the pest af­fected maize was un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The PHI said the pest had af­fected sev­eral maize pro­duc­ing dis­tricts and that in­di­vid­u­als who pur­chase maize in bulk stocks from sup­pli­ers from the af­fected ar­eas were car­ry­ing on the busi­ness re­gard­less of its threat to pub­lic health. He said the pest was now spread­ing to tea and veg­etable cul­ti­va­tion in the Nuwara Eliya dis­trict. “We have or­dered all traders to ob­tain the ap­proval of the UC to sell raw or boiled maize. The stocks would be sub­ject to ex­am­i­na­tion. Sale of maize in sev­eral ar­eas in the coun­try was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sharp drop and the traders who trans­port bulk stocks of maize were now sell­ing them by road­sides. We have taken steps to pre­vent the sell­ing of maize in Lor­ries.” He said

Mean­while Nuwara Eliya Govt.agent Ro­hana Pusha­paku­mara has in­formed the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Agri­cul­ture to work out a mech­a­nism to pre­vent the trans­port of maize to the live­stock farms in view of the im­pend­ing dan­ger of the pest spread­ing to veg­etable, tea and other crops.

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