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Steps taken to plant 167,500 kumbuk and bamboo saplings along Mahaweli River

The Ministry of Environment and Tokyo Cement Company have signed agreements to plant 167,500 kumbuk and bamboo saplings along the banks of the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka.

The Ministry of Environment and Tokyo Cement Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday (7) to commence this tree planting programme in order to prevent erosion along the banks of the Mahaweli River.

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera and Managing Director of Tokyo Cement R. Gnanam were present at the event.

The Minister said, “For the first time in Sri Lanka, an agreement was signed today for a massive project to plant bamboo and kumbuk saplings covering the Mahaweli River Basin, the longest river in Sri Lanka at 335 km. This is fully sponsored by Tokyo Cement Company, a reputed company that has been doing business in our country for decades.”