We are a nation that seems to believe it is fashionable to clear land of forest and brush and prepare it for SOMETHING? What I may ask?
I travel up and down the country often and I see so much land that could be cultivated but is not, so effectively is of ZERO productive use, as neither a tree is growing to give us the lungs to breathe when our lungs fail due to air pollution, no is it cultivated with any crop, cash or otherwise ( know when land is left fallow for a purpose and this is not the case here)
SO I INVESTIGATED – SOME REASONS GIVEN AS TO WHY?
The owners are wealthy people, they don’t have time or the need to utilize this property for any purpose at the moment.
The owners are poor people, they don’t have the money to cultivate, as they lost everything they had in the last cultivation when the rains failed.
The owners don’t live close by, they are professionals in Colombo, and live there, and have not been able to find anyone to work the land, and they are still looking for someone who can work the land and give them something, but it is a laborers they are looking for. If they give a neighboring farmer, he will then refuse to leave the land when he is told to.
We don’t know who the owners are, and no one wants to trespass, in case the owners come and lodge a police complaint against trespassing.
It is state property, owned by the Education Department (one of 2,000 closed schools that is now infested with drug addicts) Railway Dept./ irrigation department/ pradeshiya sabha/ and numerous other government departments, that own a SUBSTANTIAL portion of the uncultivated/unutilized land.
State land which was cleared on both sides of the road to during the conflict, for safe passage of people and security forces, but no one has replanted it!
We must have a POLICY on what to do with this allowing one of two things, growing of forest and long term trees, or short term cash crops of food items. Owners must be permitted/encouraged to lease, WITHOUT fear of loss of title. State Agencies permitted to use unutilized state property for approved purposes.