Maize to be exported to Taiwan, Canada
Arrangements are in place to export 10,000 metric tons of maize to
Taiwan and Canada on May 22, said Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa
"The government gave priority for the promotion of ten crops among
farmers under the local food promotion programme. Maize became popular
through this programme. Maize cultivation is second only to paddy
cultivation," the minister said.
According to the minister, the highest maize production is from the
Uva province and the lowest from the Northern province. Farmers in
Colombo, Kalutara, Galle and other districts successfully engage in
"The annual local requirement of maize is 180,000 MTs. Currently,
200,000 MTs is produced in the country. About 10,000 MTs from the
surplus will be exported," the minister said.
According to the agriculture crop production plan, 279,812 metric
tons of maize is expected from 86,302 hectares of land in 2011/12 Maha
season. Maize exporter Shahul Hameed Sadikeen said as the government
encourages farmers through agriculture development programmes such as
Api Wawamu Rata Nagamu, the country could be self-sufficient in maize.
As the government provides fertilizer subsidy, seeds and other
planting material, farmers could reduce the production cost.
The ceremony to mark the occasion of exporting a shipment of 10,000
metric tons of maize for the first time in history by Wayamba Traders
will be held on the May 22 at the auspicious time of 9.47 am at No. 25,
Nigrodarama Road, Peliyagoda.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will participate as the