ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s paddy farming in the 2021 Maha (main) season is below average, the state agricultural office said, forecasting a 10 percent drop from average rough rice production based on the cultivation progress so far.
Based on the cultivation progress so far Maha output is projected at 2.27 million metric tonnes, which is 10 percent below average, with about 69 percent of the fields sown.
In the 2020 Maha season Sri Lanka produced 3,051 million metric tonnes of rice, with 752,000 metric tonnes cultivated.
The 2020 Yala minor season output was estimated at 1.83 million metric tonnes.
Sri Lanka has a target paddy cultivation of 841,000 hectares for Maha 2021 of which 583,704 hectares had been cultivated up to the end of November.
“The sown extent reported are reaching the targets in Eastern Province, Mahaweli systems and Western Province, where as the sown extent reported Central Province, North Central Province, and Uva Province are far below the tar-gets,” the agricultural office said in its December report.
“When compared with the sown ex-tent up to end November 2018 and 2019 , sown extent reported up to end November 2020 is 11% and 4% lower respectively.”
The output forecast will be revised up, based on cultivation progress.
Harvesting in the 2020/2021 Maha season is expected to start from the Eastern and Northern provinces from January 2020. (Colombo/Jan01/2020)