ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Crysbro, an agri-industrial group said it has started producing seed paddy on 1,000 acres of farmland which will reduce the cost of paddy farming, the firm said amid a restriction on imports.
Crysbrop roduces BG352, BG358, BG366, BW367 and BG300 varieties of seed paddy.
Crysbro said some farmers were moving to other more viable crops due to a spike in seed paddy costs and it was giving the seeds at concessionary prices.
“Among the numerous other effects of the COVID-19′ epidemic, was its hit on the food supply chain in the country.,” Crysbro Senior Marketing Manager Amores Sellar.
“With the deep shortage of imported food items, people were forced to rely solely on local produce.
“This unforeseen crisis has inadvertently shed light on a looming problem of food security and has presented us with an opportunity to enforce Crysbro’s deep commitment to this cause by focusing our efforts on securing local rice production through seed paddy production.”
The Crybro seed paddies are spread in a 1000-acre stretch in Suriyapura, Kantale and backed laboratory facilities.
Crysbro said it is also cultivating rice and maize benefiting more than 10,000 farming families in the Mahiyanganaya, Moneragala and Anuradhapura districts. (Colombo/Aug08/2020)