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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

12,000 families in the North affected by bringing Coconut & Palmyrah palms under license system

Colombo, 01 November, (

Nearly 12,000 families involved in toddy tapping in the Northern Province will be affected by bringing coconut and palmyrah palms under license system for toddy tapping.

Toddy tapping from coconut and palmyrah palms has been brought under license with amendments proposed to Section 15 of the Excise Ordinance (Chapter 52) by the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media and Cabinet approval has been granted for this amendment.

The Cabinet approved new amendment to the Excise Ordinance requiring license for toddy tapping from the coconut and palmyrah palms and it could obtained from the Excise Department and Divisional Secretaries

But, toddy tapping from the Kithul palms has been exempted from the provision.

Earlier, according to the Excise Ordinance, a license was required for toddy tapping, however, it was later amended in 2013 by exempting Kithul, Palmyrah and Coconut palms from the licensing system.

Subsequently, a Cabinet paper was submitted by Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera this week pointing out that these exemptions have simply led to greater difficulties faced by the Department of Excise and they have found it difficult to monitor the volume of liquor produced from toddy and in the collection of excise duty as they could not monitor the quantities of toddy received by distilleries, toddy taverns, etc..

He thus asked that Cabinet to approve the proposal to bring back the tapping and drawing of toddy from Coconut, Kithul and Palmyrah palms into the licensing system.

Cabinet thereby granted approval to establish “a regulatory methodology to monitor the quantities of toddy received to distilleries, toddy taverns, bottled toddy manufacturers and vinegar manufacturers and preserve tax revenue and control unlawful toddy production by calculating the toddy harvest drawn from a tree as per Excise Regulations”.

“According to the new amendment, no toddy shall be drawn or lowered from Coconut or Palmyrah palms without a license issued by the Dept. of Excise or by the respective Divisional Secretaries. However, toddy tapping from the Kithul palms has been exempted from the provision of the licensing requirement,” the media release said.

- Asian Tribune -

Toddy tapping in a palmyrah palm
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