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Sri Lanka produces best rice in Asia - Minister

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspecting the chicks before they are distributed among low income families.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera inspecting the chicks before they are distributed among low income families.

About 275,000 hectares of paddy fields will be cultivated in this Yala season. By the first week of June, about 248,000 hectares had been cultivated. Now, there was a shortage of rice for the country. That is why the Government took steps to import rice, Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

The Minister was participating in a programme to provide free chicks to low-income families in Angunacolapelessa organised by the National Hadabima Authority yesterday (18).

“But the Government will provide urea under the credit line of the Indian government. The paddy fields to be cultivated will be increased to 512,000 hectares. Therefore, we have enough rice until the end of next December,” the Minister added.

“There is no need to import rice any more, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday (18).

“In this Yala season, the Government provided urea to farmers to cultivate paddy. The farmers ensure that urea is the best. In two or three days, the paddy lands turned into good condition since fertilizer was applied to them,” the Minister said.

“The farmers have always been given high quality fertilizers. Although many countries use 1.5 per cent biurate urea, we use less than 1 per cent biurate urea. The percentage of biurate in urea given us by the Indian government is less than 1 per cent. Therefore, I declare with responsibility that our farmers produce the best rice in Asia, the Minister added.

“The Government is responsible for protecting the farmers. If our farmers leave the fields, then the country will starve. Therefore, as the Minister, I will take all possible measures to protect the farmers,” the Minister said.

National Hadabima Authority Chairman Sarath Chandrasiri and many officials were present.


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