Water scarcity causes destruction of thousands of hectares of paddy

Water scarcity causes destruction of thousands of hectares of paddy

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Jul, 2014 | 10:23 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture notes that 50,000 hectares of paddy lands which were cultivated in the Yala season have been destroyed due to lack of water.

Secretary to the Ministry R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla said that as result only 40 percent of farmlands were able to reap a harvest this season.

Our correspondent stated that many farmlands in Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Monaragala and Hambantota districts are being affected by the drought.

Meanwhile, the Department of Census and Statistics notes that the paddy harvest in February and March dropped by 15.7 percent.

Only 80 percent of paddy land was used for Rice Production in the Yala season, compared to the Maha season in which all paddy lands were used for rice production.

During the beginning of the season, the Department of Irrigation announced that water can only be distributed to 60 percent of paddy lands.

The destruction of these paddy lands has taken place in a backdrop where government paddy reserves that are maintained to combat a dearth of paddy, have dropped drastically.

Measures have been taken to import rice both by the state and by the private sector.

 

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