Oil palm cultivation is not new to Sri Lanka. Despite public opposition the current government has decided to plant 20,000 Ha in the Kegalla district.
Large plantation companies have started uprooting rubber and planting oil palm; destroying the forest patches and killing wild animals that damage the oil palm plants. There was no proper feasibility or social and environmental assessment done before this decision was made.
The Centre for Environmental Justice believes that no hoc decisions should be made by the plantation companies or by politicians without following the proper investigations, research and adequate safeguards.