No major threat to maize crop from pest - Minister | Daily News

No major threat to maize crop from pest - Minister

Rwandan experts here on voluntary tour:

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage denied rumours that pesticide was bought from Rwanda and distributed to control the Fall Army worm (Sena caterpillar) in Sri Lanka.

He said that a team from Rwanda had come to Sri Lanka only to exchange techniques used by them to control the pest and that they had even borne the cost voluntarily to tour Sri Lanka.

He said this at a media briefing held at the Mahindananda Foundation office in Nawalapitiya on Saturday (2).

He also said the group arrived in Sri Lanka with the intervention of the Army Commander.

The Minister said that there is no need to import maize as 105,000 hectares of maize has been successfully cultivated this season and the yield has been very good.

The Minister said that only 5% of the total maize cultivation has been harmed by the Sena caterpillar and the government is ready to pay compensation to the farmers.