Invitation for Bids for the Disposal of "Gyrinops Walla" ("Walla Patta")
‘Gyrinops Walla’, commonly known as ‘Wall Patta’ in Sinhala and Sri Lankan Agar Wood in English, is an endemic fragrance producing resinous plant grown in wet and intermediate zones in Sri Lanka. Resin extracted from ‘Gyrinops’ species has its unique fragrance and therefore, it is widely used as an,
Ingredient in traditional medicine, world class perfume, incenses, aroma therapy, cosmetic and preservatives of accessories. Moreover, agar wood is used as cultural and religious purposes across the Asia.
Due to the high economic value in perfumery and other industries excessive exploitation of
‘Gyrinops’ and Aquilaria species from natural habitats have been reported from many countries. Therefore, they are classified as endangered species in the international trade. Properties of Sri Lankan Agar Wood is unique, therefore high demand has been created from other countries. ‘Gyrinops Walla’ species possess pleasant fragrance which has lucrative in Middle Eastern market where it is used as a component to manufacturing of expensive perfumes, large scale smuggling of ‘Gyrinops Walla’ from Sri Lanka has been practiced for recent time.