CERAMIC manufacturers in Sri Lanka are seeking changes in national laws restricting the quarrying of paddy lands, because they contain premium deposits of kaolin. The Ceramics Industry Task Force has asked Columbo to certain provisions of the Agrarian Development Act, which ban the mining of paddy lands. The task force says it needs the clay to secure its long-term survival. It is trying to diversify into high-end products, such as automobile and electrical components and bio-ceramics (medical appliances inserted into the body).

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