Farmers should cultivate short-term rice varieties
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
Q: Will the current drought in the North Central Province
affect to the "Yala" harvest?
A: There are signs that the drought will end soon. Certain
areas of the country such as Wellawaya have experienced rains last week.
The 'Yala' harvest will probably be affected by the continuing drought.
Q: What action has been taken to prevent a shortage of rice ?
A: There will be no rice shortage at all since we have
sufficient rice even for 12 months.
However, it is prudent for farmers to cultivate short-term rice
varieties and other food crops in view of the unpredictable weather
conditions which we experienced during the recent past.