Introduction to Uva Province (Sri Lanka) - to Uva Province (Sri Lanka) Monaragala District Badulla District Waste Quantification and Characterization – Sri Lanka (2009)

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  • Waste Quantification and Characterization Sri Lanka (2009) ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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    Uva Province

    The areas selected for the WAB project are the Monaragala and Buttala DS Divisions of

    the Monaragala District of the Uva Province, as shown in Figure A.

    Figure A: Sri Lanka Map - Uva Provincial Council

    Introduction to Uva Province (Sri Lanka)

    Monaragala District

    Badulla District

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    Uva is Sri Lanka's largest province and second least populated province, with 1,187,335

    people. It was created in 1896 and consists of two districts: Badulla (2,818 km) and

    Monaragala (5,545.6 km). The provincial capital of the province is Badulla. Uva is

    bordered by Eastern, Southern and Central provinces. It is a major tourist attraction with

    several well known waterfalls situated within its boundaries. The Gal Oya hills and the

    Central Mountains are the main uplands, while the Mahaweli and Menik rivers and the

    huge Senanayake Samudraya and Maduru Oya Reservoirs are the major waterways.

    The Monaragala administrative district (AD), which is situated in the Uva Province and

    administered under that Uva Provincial Council, is considered the second largest AD in

    the country with 8.6% of the total land area. It is made up of eleven (11) DS Divisions,

    and situated around 288 km from the capital Colombo.

    The total land area of the district is 5545.6 km2 and the total population is reported to be

    about 400,000 (population census of 1991) with the majority being of Sinhalese origin.

    The population density for the district is 58/km2.

    Monaragala is located in a transitional zone between the central highlands and the

    lowlands towards the south, East and Northeast. Situated in the Arid Zone of Sri Lanka,

    Monaragala has an average annual temperature, ranging from 22.5 - 27.5 oC. The District

    receives around 2,200 mm of rainfall in average annually. This is usually limited to 4-5

    months of the year. However one sixth of the district receives less than 1750 mm of

    rainfall per year. The variation in rainfall in the area has had adverse effects on its human

    population. The south, south-eastern and eastern parts of the district are relatively drier

    than the higher north-western parts.

    The soil conditions in the district vary according to the topography and the climate.

    However two distinguish soil groups can be identified from the area; the reddish brown

    soil and the red yellow podzolic soil. Both soil varieties are suitable for cultivation.

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    Figure B: Monaragala District Map

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    Monaragala has a complex agrarian society which has evolved around paddy cultivation.

    More than 90% of the population in the region has agriculture based livelihoods.

    Historically Monaragala has been a major paddy producer and agriculture has remained

    the backbone of the economy. In addition to paddy the region is also famous for the

    cultivation of vegetables, pulses and fruits mostly grown under Chena (Slash and Burn)

    cultivation methods. Plantation crops such as tea, rubber, cocoa, sugar cane, tobacco and

    coconut, were later introduced to this region and now exist and thrive side by side with

    the long-established crops.

    The cultivation in Monaragala can be separated into two seasons; the Maha (October-

    March) season which is the major cultivation season and the Yala (April-September)

    season. The total extent cultivated in the district is around 258.3 km2 during the Maha

    season and 137.16km2 during the Yala season an annual harvest of (according to

    Department of Census and Statistics 2007/2008) 99,446 Tons and 56,987 Tons

    respectively for Maha season and Yala season.

    The district was an ideal candidate for such a project as it is essentially an

    underdeveloped region and is considered the second poorest district in Sri Lanka. This is

    further highlighted by the fact that around 70% of households receive Samurdhi

    support, a scheme introduced as a monthly allowance system, similar to welfare,

    provided by the government for low or no income generating households in the country.

    This high level of rural poverty can be attributed to the inadequate economic activity. The

    problem is further worsened as no investment is brought into the region due to lack of

    infrastructure and basic necessities, electricity being one among them.

    However Monaragala has many untapped natural resources, some of them being

    agricultural crops and wastes. During surplus season much of the vegetable and fruit

    harvest is wasted as the farmers are unable to secure a good price for the crops in the

    market. In addition to this WABs generated in the area is currently not being utilized in a

    proper manner and is therefore causing damage to the environment. Traditionally, the

    agricultural waste is burned in open fields or dumped into abandoned lands and

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    waterways causing pollution to the air and water. In addition to this the burning and

    decomposing of agricultural waste gives rise to GHGs.

    The project is focussed on two of the DS divisions of the district; Monaragala and Buttala

    (see Figure B). Monaragala DS is situated in the centre of the Monaragala District in an

    area of 255 km2 and the main Administrative Centre for the District. The Buttala DS is

    situated south of the Monaragala DS and is 685 km2 in area. The population for

    Monaragala and Buttala DS divisions is 50,018 and 44,874 respectively. These DS

    divisions were selected for the project as there are considerable quantities of waste

    agriculture biomass being generated in the form of paddy straw, paddy husk, saw dust,

    sugarcane Barbojo, corn (maize) cobs and stalks etc.

    The Buttala D.S. Division is divided into 29 Gramaniladhari (G.N) Divisions, while the

    Monaragala D.S. Division has 26 G.N. Divisions. G.N. Divisions are the smallest

    administrative areas. Waste generation points and addresses of processing mills are based

    on this G.N. Division and therefore they are required for the mapping of resource

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    1. Methodology

    The Roadmap below lays out the procedure for data collection from setting up of the

    boundaries and planning the data collection and analysis procedures before hand to the

    actual collection and analysis of WAB related data. It can be categorized basically into

    two main stages,

    Setting up of boundaries in terms of geographical and administrative coverage with

    respect to various waste streams: Clearly defining and demarcating the geo-political

    and administrative boundaries, types of crops and sources of WAB such as

    agricultural farms and processing facilities.

    Setting procedures for data collection, analysis and presentation: Identifying methods

    for data collection such as direct and indirect methods, selecting the number and

    places from which samples should be collected. Furthermore procedures for

    analyzing the samples and presenting these findings will be selected.

    Figure 1.1: Flowchart for Data Colle