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Farmers advised to cultivate on due date to avoid crop damage

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According to the forecasts given by the Meteorological Department regarding the rains of this Maha Season, in the month of October, the Western and Southern districts as well as Ratnapura are going to receive more than normal rain and other areas will receive normal rainfall.

A crop season meeting was held on Thursday (12) at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute regarding the initiation of paddy cultivation activities during the Maha Season. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Mahaweli and Irrigation Minister Roshan Ranasinghe and Ministry Secretaries as well as Agriculture, Agrarian Services, Mahaweli and Irrigation departments’ officials, farmer representatives representing all districts participated.

In the month of November, the Western, Southern and some other areas will receive normal rainfall, while the Northern, North – Central and Central Provinces are expected to receive more than normal rainfall, the Weather Department has emphasized.

This situation is seen in the month of December as well and this time in the Maha Season, there is going to be rainfall suitable for cultivation.

Considering these facts, the Agriculture Ministry is requesting the farmers to start planting on the dates decided in the crop season meeting this Maha Season. Especially due to the current climate change, there may be large-scale rains as well as dry weather. Farmers should take steps to start cultivation on the scheduled date to avoid crop damage due to such conditions.

Although there has been good rainfall in this Maha Season, the Weather Department has predicted that in the next Yala Season, we will have to face a severe drought again. This situation occurs especially due to the effect of the El Nino process, and in order to succeed in the cultivation activities in the early Maha Season, it is necessary to manage the water received in the reservoirs in the next three months.

Therefore, the Agriculture Minister requested the farmers to start farming on the appointed day immediately after the release of water under the main reservoirs.

If this season is successful, there will be no need to import rice to Sri Lanka even next year. The Minister said that there was no need to import rice this year and said that the nation should pay tribute to the farmers who worked to make our country self-sufficient with rice.

However, he emphasized that the Agriculture Ministry has taken a policy decision not to pay compensation for crop damage to farmers who do not start cultivation by the date decided in the crop season meeting.

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