Agriculture Minister Confident Of A Successful Maha Harvest This Year

Shakila Ifham

February 9, 2023


Despite some problematic conditions, the Department of Agriculture yesterday revealed that a successful harvest can be expected this Maha season.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera revealed these assessments yesterday while participating in a programme organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Irrigation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Participating in a workshop held under the theme of Promoting Fertilizer Efficiency and Quality Seed Production for Better Productivity in Paddy Farming.

This workshop was held at Colombo City Centre under the patronage of FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives Dr.  Vimlendra Sharan, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka,  Denis Chaibi, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture,  Gunadasa Samarasinghe and a delegation of the European Union.

Here, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture signed an agreement, which was signed by the Secretary of the Ministry, Gunadasa Samarasinghe and Wimlendra Sharan.

Minister said that due to the economic crisis here farmers were in a lot of trouble due to the inability to obtain chemical fertilizers in the last Yala season.

However, he said that in the 2022 Yala season, the government was able to provide urea fertilizer under a loan scheme of the Government of India. Also, in the 2022/23 Maha season, organizations such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, USAID, UNDP, as well as countries such as China, India, USA and the World Bank, have given support to uplift the agriculture sector in the country.

As a result, it was possible to provide many inputs needed for paddy cultivation this year. The minister also mentioned that the government has already taken all measures to provide all the chemical fertilizers required for paddy cultivation in the 2023 yala season.