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Tuesday July 27th, 2021
Agriculture

Sri Lanka rough rice harvest to top 3.0mn tonnes in 2021 Maha

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is forecasting a 3.08 million tonne rough rice (paddy) harvest from the main Maha cultivation season in 2021, in line with last year’s output, with the cultivated extent ahead of the previous year December, the state agricultural office data showed.

Harvesting for the Maha season had already begun.

By the end of December 2020, 783,000 hectares of rice had been cultivated out of a target of 846,000 hectares, higher than last year’s 752,000 hectares.

The sown extend in 2020 is 5 percent higher than in 2018 and 3 percent higher than in 2019, the Department of Agriculture said.

About 8,885 metric tonnes are expected to be lost to crop damage in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Matara and Ampara districts.

Sri Lanka produced 3.051 million metric tonnes of paddy in 2019 in the Maha season and another 1.751 million metric tonnes in the minor Yala season. (Colombo/Feb17/2021-sb)

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  1. Sarath Weerasena says:

    With all the new investments in irrigation systems such as Maduruoya, Deduru Oya
    projects focused on paddy, why is the per hectare yield not increasing? In fact the per ha yield seems to even decline if one computes from year 2000 onwards despite new rice varieties being introduced and massive amounts of subsidised fertilisers being applied at unbearable costs to the tax payer. Utter waste of funds all round: rice research, fertiliser and assured irrigation systems. Can we see a complete picture of return to investment in rice production during the last two decades? Such analysis would surface many questions and may be help identify key areas to focus on economically.

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  1. Sarath Weerasena says:

    With all the new investments in irrigation systems such as Maduruoya, Deduru Oya
    projects focused on paddy, why is the per hectare yield not increasing? In fact the per ha yield seems to even decline if one computes from year 2000 onwards despite new rice varieties being introduced and massive amounts of subsidised fertilisers being applied at unbearable costs to the tax payer. Utter waste of funds all round: rice research, fertiliser and assured irrigation systems. Can we see a complete picture of return to investment in rice production during the last two decades? Such analysis would surface many questions and may be help identify key areas to focus on economically.