Wednesday, 02 April 2014 - 19:52
25% of paddy fields destroyed; No alternative but to import rice
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena stated that due to the delay in commencing Yala season, rice may need to be imported in future.
Despite farming on Yala season has already begun, it has been hindered by the lack of sufficient rains.
Nearly 400 thousand hectare of paddy fields are farmed during Yala Season.
Agriculture Minister further stated that about 25% of paddy fields farmed during last Maha Season have been destroyed due to the lack of rains.
The water level of main reservoirs has been receding rapidly, therefore, the farmers are provided with advice through District Secretaries.
However, the meteorological Department stated that they expecting rain in many parts of the island during the weekend.