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Thursday, 06 July 2017 - 12:40
Maha season also at risk due to ongoing drought,Nandikadal lagoon partially dried up.
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State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Mahinda Amaraweera said that paddy cultivation in Maha Season is at risk due to the ongoing drought conditions.  

Addressing a meeting held at the residential project management office of Mahaweli Zone B in Welikanda, the minister said that with the exception of the central hills, other regions across the island have not received sufficient rainfall in the last three years.

Paddy cultivation has not productive in the Hambantota district for the last three seasons.  The North Central Province has been adversely affected for the last  five seasons.

The minister proosed that the department of Agriculture provide a new variety of paddy seed which might be cultivated with a minimum requirement for water.

400 thousand hectares of paddy land should be cultivated in the Yala season but according to statistics from the department of Agriculture, only 200 thousand hectares grow paddy.

Meanwhile part of the Nandikadal lagoon has already dried up due to the prevailing drought conditions.

Our correspondent stated that consequent to this situation, 4 thousand 800 fisher families have been affected.

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