Sri Lanka rough rice harvest forecast at 2.4mn metric tonnes for 2020 Maha

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is making a preliminary paddy (rough rice) harvest forecast of 2.4 million metric tonnes for the main Maha cropping season that is underway, which is in line last year’s levels.

The Department of Agrculture said in a preliminary forecast that Sri Lanka would get 2,395 million kilograms of rice with 606,702 hectares sown, which is 74 percent of a target of 819,000 hectares.

In 2018 Sri Lanka produced 3.0 million tonnes of rice in the Maha season, when final cultivation numbers were out.

Cultivation targets have been reached in Killinochchi, Udawalawa, Mahaweli system H, H1 and B. The 2030 harvests would start coming in from Baticaloa and Kurunegala districts from January, the department said.

Based on the last available cultivation data Sri Lanka would produce 2.4 million metric tonnes of paddy after 20,000 hectares were destroyed by floods.

This will result if at least 1.5 million metric tonnes of milled rice, which will be enough to supply 7.6 months of consumption.

Last year’s final production was higher at about 3.0 million metric tonnes.
The Department of Agriculture has asked for water to be issued sparingly for the rest of the season, due to worse that average dry weather forecast for the first quarter of 2020. (Colombo/Jan17/2020)