Sri Lanka farmers alerted of below normal rain for Maha season

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s farmers have been warned that there may be below normal rain in the for the 2020 Maha season the coming days and weeks.

“There is a significant probability of getting low rains,” the Department of Agriculture said in a weather alert.

“All large and small irrigation reservoirs should issue water on strict schedule to conserve water for the rest of the reason.”

The Department of Meteorology has said that districts of Amparai, Batticaloa, Matara, Puttalam, Gampaha, Colombo, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Moneragala, Badulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura and Nuwara Eliya had a 50 percent chance of getting below normal rain in the first quarter of 2020.

Colombo, Kaluthara, Galle, Matale and Kandy had a 55 percent chance of getting below normal rain.

Hambantota, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kilinochci, Mannar, Vavuniya had a 35 percent chance of getting below normal rain.

The Maha season is Sri Lanka’s main cropping seasons where the bulk of paddy and maize is grown. Rainfall also has an effect on power generation.

January to March may also be slightly warmer than average for most districts.