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Monday, 19 December 2016 - 12:20
Paddy cultivation threatened by drought; 9000 acres at risk
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The cultivation of Paddy has been affected as there has been insufficient rainfall during the Maha Season.

Addressing a media conference held yesterday, Vavuniya District Secretary Rohana Pushpakumara said that 9,000 hectares of paddy cultivation is in imminent danger if sufficient rainfall does not occur in the next two weeks.

At the same time, the release of water to cultivated paddy lands in the Dry and Wet zones have also been limited due to drought.

Accordingly, Agricultural Ministry Secretary B. Vijayarathna said that the department of Mahaweli and Irrigation will not release water for new cultivations.

Paddy is cultivated in 8 hundred thousand acres of land in Maha Season but only 287 thousand acres have been cultivated this year.

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