Women go a tapping to make a living
Tapping kitul (fishtail palm) trees for its sap is no longer a man’s affair. Women have now taken to tapping kitul trees in Morahela, Meegahakivula, in the Wiyaluva electorate.S.J.M. Karunawathie, 46, learnt the trade from her husband. She says that they make their livelihood by tapping kitul trees to make treacle and jaggery.
“The income we get is hardly enough to sustain our lives,” she lamented. She said that six bottles of sap are needed to make one bottle of treacle but they only get Rs. 200 per bottle of treacle and Rs. 250 for a kilo of jaggery.
She pointed put that their village lacks basic facilities, even electricity and this interferes with education of their children.
R. M. Siriyawathie of Meegolla is another woman who taps kitul trees. She said that after her husband was killed she struggled to look after her children and need to make a living.
She too does not have electricity. She worries about education of her grand-children, who do their studies by kerosene lamps. She said that her children were unable to get a proper education due to dearth of facilities.
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