100,000 acres to be leased for Aloe Vera Project

Over 100,000 acres to be leased for Aloe Vera Project

by Zulfick Farzan 31-08-2021 | 3:52 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers decided to lease over 100,000 acres of land in Anuradhapura to a private company for an Aloe Vera Project.

Cabinet approval was granted for the 'Dry Zone Rural Economic Development Aloe Vera Project' to commence a herbal medicine manufacturing industry from the Aloe Vera plant for exports under the organic farming system.

A document from the Department of Government Information noted that the total investment of the project is US$ 783 million and the investor has planned to invest US$ 300 million as the Capital Investment.

It is expected to set up nurseries for the production of Aloe Vera seedlings in 2,000 acres in Rajanganaya and Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariats and 102,000 acres in the Anuradhapura Districts will be used for the cultivation of Aloe Vera using the plants produced by the nurseries in the said project.

It is proposed to involve families who own land on grants and licenses and families who enjoy government lands for cultivation to the project.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the resolution tabled by the Minister of 

Finance and the Minister of Lands to provide nearly 66 acres of land to the company on 

long term lease basis for 30 years as per the provisions of the Crown Land Ordinance to 

construct and maintain the factory and operating office premises and also the storage and 

operational purposes of the project.