PADDY CLAY

BY SWINEETHA DIAS WICKRAMANAYAKA and KEITH NUTHALL
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 country's Ceramics Industry Task Force has asked its national government to revoke certain provisions of the Agrarian Development Act, which ban the mining of paddy lands, even if they are not being used for agriculture or have ceased to be viable for food production. The task force says it needs the clay to secure its long-term survival. It is ...


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