Paddy and chena cultivations destroyed by extreme weather

Paddy and chena cultivations destroyed by extreme weather

Paddy and chena cultivations destroyed by extreme weather

Written by Staff Writer

27 Dec, 2019 | 9:48 pm

Colombo (News 1st): Paddy fields and chena cultivations in many areas were completely destroyed due to the recently experienced inclement weather conditions. Farmers point out that this destruction has left them helpless.

Ampara

The Ampara district was severely affected by the incessant rains that battered the country recently. According to our correspondent, many farmlands in the Ampara District were destroyed.

Over 1000 acres of paddy fields in Konduwathuwana, Suduwella, Waripathan Karthiviv, and Sainthamarthu were destroyed by the adverse weather. Paddy fields in Sainthamarthu and Konduwathuwana are still flooded.

Farmers began this harvesting season with many hopes of reaping a good harvest. However, these hopes are all but lost.

Rajanganaya project

Many paddy fields that fall under the Rajanganaya project have also been destroyed by the rain. Damage has been caused to over 500 acres of paddy fields in Yaya 1,2,3,4,9,10,12 and 14 regions. Our correspondent said that certain paddy fields are still flooded while other fields have been covered in sand.

They request authorities to look into solutions for these issues and help them protect their fields.

Trincomalee

Many paddy fields in the Trincomalee District are still flooded. Farmers from many villages including Kinnya, Thambalagamuwa, Mulliposana, and Surangal have been affected. According to these farmers, many of their paddy fields are completely destroyed.

Officials respond

We inquired on this situation from the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute. Director at the institute Duminda Priyadarshana said that this will severely affect the produce reaped in the Maha Season.

He added that the Agrarian Services Department and the Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board are assessing the damages caused to the paddy fields. He also said action will be taken to assist the affected farmers immediately after the assessment of damages is concluded.

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