Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says it is necessary to increase the imports of timber to meet the country’s needs in order to protect forest resources and achieve success in increasing forest density.
Addressing a ceremony held to mark the 50th Anniversary of the State Timber Corporation at the BMICH on Wednesday (04), the President emphasized that increasing the forest density of the country is essential to face the challenges brought by climate and changes and adverse weather.
Underscoring that the objective of the government is to increase the forest density from the current 28 percent to 32 percent, the President stressed the importance of the State Timber Corporation’s contribution to protect the island’s forests.
President Sirisena explained the importance of investing more for the purpose of increasing the forest density as well as the funds given by the State Timber Corporation to the Treasury and said that in this regard the relevant authorities must cooperate closely with the Department of Forest Conservation.
The President pointed out the need to enhance the standards and qualities of the State Timber Corporation products to face the competition in the field of furniture manufacturing.
President Sirisena presented Gold Awards to appreciate the service of the retired officials who completed thirty years of service in State Timber Cooperation. He also presented scholarships for the children of officers who were selected to the universities.
The book “Ada Siya Wasaka Piya Satahan” was presented to President Sirisena and the commemorative stamp issued to mark completing 50 years of State Timber Cooperation was offered to President by R.M.D.B Meegasmulla, Secretary to the Ministry of posts, Postal Services and Muslim religious Affairs.
Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayaratne, Secretary for Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Nandimithra Ekanayake, Pandu Bandaranayake, P. Dayaratne including former ministers of and secretaries of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and other invitees were present in this event.