Aug 01, 2017

German firm gets archaeological site to grow sugarcane Featured

A German company has been given 2,100 acres for sugarcane cultivation from Ethimale in Moneragala which is of archaeological importance, reports say.

Archaeologist, Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera says the land in question has a large collection of artifacts, scattered in a 15-acre area.

They include stone pillars.

According to him, around 30 such locations had been razed to the ground and set on fire.

Medhananda Thera has asked the commissioner of archaeology to conserve the remaining artifacts.

The handover of the land to the German company has also denied Chena cultivations by the area’s farmers.

Also, the company has erected an electrical fence around the land, which has resulted in an increased incidence of invasions of villages by wild elephants.

German company given archaeological site for sugarcane cultivation