Jaffna is a penisula at the nothern tip of the island Srilanka,it is a land well known for Tamil heritage and culture.Jaffna has been luckly bestowed with the fine vegetation of palmyrah.Palmyrah stands as an eternal as well as miraculous treasure to this land.It is a monocotyledonous ,dioecious tree having the scientific name Borassus flabellifer .It can grow up to 30m high and have robust trunks,fanned shaped leaves,spherical fruits with 1- 3 seeds.
Nearly 95% of palm trees in Srilanka grown in nothern province and they are highly abundant in mankumban,vadukodai,Sankanai and in small island like Nainatevu,Nedunthevu,punkuduthevu .They need zero effort to grow and bestowed with the power to withstand weired weather patterns .palmarah has been nicked named as "Katpakatharu" as it is utilized from it's top to bottom.This tree has been strongly bonded with the socioeconomic lives of the Jaffna people.
Female headed families are one of the tragic plight of Jaffna resulted due to internal war,their plights are inconsolable ,but Jaffna people would be contented to some what extent as they have been blessed with a natural resource which could provide them a livlihood , cope in their struggle for suvival and minimise the risk of searching jobs out of their native land.women from female oriented society have been given vocational trainings to make handicrafts from palmyrah leaves and they could able to run their families through the income earned through this jobs.( image source - google )
There was internal war within the country for more than thirty years,caused imMenSe loss of lives and properties .Some political scientist say,these head less palmyras around the borders of Jaffn,mullaitevu and Kilinochi ( major spots where armed conflicts were at the peak )stands as sole evidence to the havocs of war while most of the other evidences had been wiped off in the name of rehabilitation.
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