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Walla Patta as commercial cultivation

The Environment Ministry has taken measures to introduce Walla Patta, scientifically known as Gyrinops walla, as a commercial cultivation because of the recently discovered monetary value of the tree.

Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said extensive research was being carried out in this regard. He said trees would be cultivated according to the correct scientific methods to earn a high income.

Studies and research have confirmed a resinous substance called Agarwood can be obtained from Walla Patta. This is used as a base for the world's most expensive perfumes produced in countries such as France, he said.

The minister said according to data collected by the ministry, a kg of this particular resin is worth over US $ 25,000.

Walla Patta is a commonly seen sub canopy tree that grows in home gardens as well as in wet zone forests. The commercial value of this tree came to light with the recent attempts to illegally fell and smuggle it to extract Agarwood.

The minister said the unnecessary felling of the tree has increased due to its attractive commercial value of it. He said rigid measures have been taken to apprehend and produce illegal fellers and smugglers before the law.

Yapa said the cultivation of Walla Patta would be promoted among people enabling them to earn a high income.

He said the uses and value of the plant are being further investigated.

According to the Internet, Agarwood is produced within the bark of the tree when the tree is infected by a fungus. Once extracted, Agarwood is burnt as incense and used in the manufacture of non-alcoholic perfumes.

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