Sri Lanka rough rice forecast for 2020 minor season up 11-pct

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s paddy (rough rice) harvest for the 2020 Yala minor cultivation season is expected to rise 11 percent to 1.721 million metric tonnes, the state agricultural office said, while the annual forecast is 4.772 million metric tonnes, up 3.3 percent.

The final output for the Maha cultivation season for 2020 was estimated at 3,051 million metric tonnes, around the same level as last year’s 3.073 million tonnes.

The Department of Agriculture said, 430,000 hectares out of a target of 475,000 hectares or 90 percent, had been sown by May.

The reported extent is 29 percent higher than the average sown extent for the past three years at the same time.

The final estimate for the 2020 Yala season may be revised on the crop losses and cultivated area. By June 488 hectares had been damaged by floods.

The Yala harvest is expected to begin from the end of July from Batticaloa and Kurunegala districts. (Colombo/July24/202)