* Sri Lanka not to license Kithul palm tapping

Mar 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to revoke the licensing of Kithul tapping to promote the Kithul industry, says Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Kithul is an indigenous palm tree tapped to produce toddy and treacle. The Kithul industry has a considerable potential of contributing to enhance the rural economy.

Licensing was against the development of the Kithul tapping industry, the government says. However, the police often obstruct the Kithul tappers and produce them in courts under excise laws.

It is estimated that around 2.8 million Kithul trees are not used for tapping. Licenses are not required to tap Kithul flowers for juggery and treacle production

The government has directed police not to take action against those who tap Kithul trees to produce treacle and juggery.

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