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)