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Sri Lanka likely to get higher rainfall for upcoming cultivation season

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is likely to get higher than normal rainfall, for the upcoming Maha main cultivation season but water levels of irrigation tanks are still low, the Department of Agriculture has said.

Based on computer projections rainfall in October and November are likely to be higher than the long term average, the agency said.

Due to favourble El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole conditions, Sri Lanka has a higher probability of getting strongs rains during the North East monsoon in December.

At the moment, water levels of reservoirs and small tanks are still low.
But the Department of Agriculture said moisture levels of farm land which are irrigated are at satisfactory levels due to inter monsoonal rains, and farmers can start preparing land on rain water, without waiting for water releases.