Rhino Beetle battle not too late: Dr Priyantha

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BY BEN BILUA

A leading Sri Lankan coconut specialist says there is still hope in the fight against the invasive Rhino Beetles.

In an inclusive interview with Island Sun Dr Priyantha Wijewardane, he said the issue of Rhino Beetle is still in a manageable stage with immediate action required.

He said one possible intervention is to remove all affected plants and burn them.

“We have experienced similar situation in our country back in 1980s and we manage to overthrow the threat using this strategy.

“The only way your country can win the battle against this Rhino Beetle is removing affected plants and burn them,” Dr Priyantha said.

He stressed there is a private company in the country who can provide alternative expertise and technology help address the incoming threat by Rhino Beetle.

However, Dr Priyantha said it is important for the government to take the lead – then stakeholders can support the implementation of any programme related to Rhino Beetles.

“Why I recommend the government to take lead is so that the government can provide financial support or seek assistance from donor partners to financially support such activities,” he said.

Dr Priyantha high recommend the government through responsible authorities mobilise programmes and activities now – before the Rhino beetles are out of control.

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