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Rubber Development Department

Para Rubber tagged in the scientific name Heavea Brasiliensis is commercially cultivated across the continents of Africa and Asia as an eco-friendly crop of plantation. Sir Henry Wickham introduced the rubber tree to Sri Lanka in the year 1876 and the first ever rubber tree was planted in the Botanical Gardens of Henarathgoda in Gampaha. After the cultivation of it commenced. This cultivation started off from Kalutara after 1890 and saw its extension spread out to the Western, Central and Southern regions as well.

Rubber has predominantly been cultivated in districts such as Kegalle, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Gampaha and Colombo. Moreover, rubber cultivation is prevalent in districts such as Matara, Galle, Kandy, Matale, Kurunegala, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya. And Currently prevalent in higher proportions in the districts of Monaragala and Ampara whilst the districts of Hambantota, Vavuniya and Anuradhapura have their prevalence in lesser proportions.

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Minister to the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries

Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera
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Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries

Mr. B.L.A.J. Dharmakeerthi
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Director General

Mr. C.C. Muhandiramge
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