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Deal #3811

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Somawathie Chaitiya Sanctuary, Sri Lanka

Target country
Sri Lanka

Location #2

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Buttala, Sri Lanka

Target country
Sri Lanka

Location #3

Spatial accuracy level
Administrative region
Location
Lunugamvehera National Park, Tanamalwila, Sri Lanka

Target country
Sri Lanka

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2011] 2375
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2011] 2375
Comment on land area
According to a Statement by Dole Lanka, the company is using 2375 hectares for cultivation on different farms in Sri Lanka. Media reports speak of up to 62500 hectares acquired by Dole.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease
Comment on nature of the deal
Dole Lanka states that it has entered into cultivation agreements and lease contracts.

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Contracts for 2375 hectares are confirmed by Dole although it is not clear whether this area extends to the farms operated by Dole's subsidiaries or solely refers to the areas directly cultivated by Dole Lanka. Dole was heavily critized by environmentalists for clearing forest land in the Somawathiya national park which is near its Kandakaduwa farm operated by the subsidiary Letsgrow Pvt. Ltd. In consequence of the protests in November 2011 Dole (secondary investor) said it had cancelled its agreement with Letsgrow (primary investor) and requested the latter to remove the established banana plantation. In june 2012 however it was reported that Letsgrow continued its operations with the backing of the army.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2011] In operation (production)

Operating company

 

Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-01-01

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-11-10

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2012-01-01

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2012-06-14

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-08-21
Comment on data source
This report states that Dole has acquired 62500 hectares of land in Sri Lanka

Data source #6

Data source type
Company sources
File
Date
2011-09-12
Comment on data source
Statement by Dole regarding the areas it opertes on

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
Dole was heavily critized by environmentalists and media in 2011 for clearing land in the Somawathiya national park. It claims to have stopped its operations in this area.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land use

Former land use
Forestry

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Banana

Use of produce

Has export
Yes

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