Sri Lanka has the capability to grow her own onions – observes Minister

Sri Lanka has the capability to grow her own onions – observes Minister

Written by News 1st

29 Apr, 2014 | 8:04 pm

The Minister of Agriculture says that the country has the capability to become self-sufficient in the production of big onions. Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena says that it has been confirmed that big onions can be produced in Dambulla as well as in Hambantota.

“We have successfully cultivated big onions in the Hambantota District. That is around 600 hectares of land. We will reap the harvest by the end of May. This has proven that big onions can be successfully cultivated in Hambantota as in Dambulla. The annual demand for big onions in the country is 250,000 metric tonnes. However, we only produce 10,000 or 20,000 metric tonnes of big onions. We require another 100,00 metric tonnes. If we are able to spread the cultivation of this crop in both the Moneragala and Hambantota districts in a land area of 10,000 hectares, we will be able to meet 100% of our domestic demand.”

Speaking to reporters in Colombo on Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa said that due to the insufficient amount of rain received during the Yala season, farmers have resorted to cultivating alternative crops.

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