Sri Lanka Maha paddy output projected at 2.5mn tonnes
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expected to produce about 2.55 million tonnes of rough rice in the main Maha cultivation season that is now under way, a provisional official projection said.
In 2018 about 2.4 million tonnes of paddy was produced.
In the 2018/2019 main cultivation season that about 828,455 hectares of rice is targeted, the Department of Agriculture said.
By November 653,441 hectares had been sown.
After setting aside seed paddy 2.36 million tonnes of paddy will be available for milling. About 1.6 million tonnes of milled rice is expected to be available.
Based on a projected requirement of 2.34 million tonnes of rice for 2019, the Maha harvest will be enough for 8.21 months.
The balance rice is usually produced in the Yala minor cropping season. In 2018, 1.26 million tonnes of rice was produced in the second half of 2018. (Colombo/Jan24/2018)