Drought won’t hit paddy cultivation adversely
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de
Silva said he is confident that the total paddy production will not be
adversely affected due to the prevailing drought. Farmers in certain
areas have already shifted to other subsidiary crops.
The harvest from maize and other subsidiary crops will be higher this
time. Therefore, we need not panic that there would be a shortage of
rice, the Minister told the Sunday Observer.
There are sufficient paddy stocks in the warehouses at present. The
paddy purchased even two or three years ago are stored in warehouses.
Therefore, there is no possibility of a rice shortage in the market, he
A water problem does not exist in the Gal Oya valley, Moneragala or
Kathankudi. The water problem is confined only to the Mahaweli H system
and certain parts in the Kurunegala district, Girithale and Prakrama
Asked whether there is any blueprint to cushion the impact of drought
and provide redress to the farmers, the Minister said that steps have
been taken to cultivate nearly 7,000-8,000 hectares of land more than
the last year. If the drought persists nearly 29,000 hectares of land
will be affected. This will be only 9 percent of the total cultivated
area, the Minister said. UK