‘Drought causes severe problems for Yala cultivation’
The severe drought presently prevailing in the Anuradhapura district,
has caused the majority of minor tanks to go dry.
Anuradhapura Deputy Commissioner of Agrarian Services, Pahalagiribawa,
told the Daily News the usual intermittent rains pending the Yala
cultivation, have not arrived, creating a severe problem.
He said that there are around 2,500 minor irrigational tanks under
the Agrarian Services Department in Anuradhapura district.
“Due to the undetermined situation concerning the rainfall, there
could be a drop in the 2012 Yala cultivation pattern as targeted
As advised by the Agrarian Services Minister S. M. Chandrasena, we
have conducted a pirith chanting ceremony, in accordance with the
ancient tradition, at the Ruwanweliseya premises in the Anuradhapura
sacred city, to invoke the blessings of the Triple Gem and the deities
to grant adequate rain for the Yala cultivation yesterday and an alms
giving to 100 bhikkhus today, Pahalagiribawa disclosed.
Except for Tisawewa, Abayawewa and Huruluwewa, paddy cultivation
under the Nachchaduwa, Rajangane, Padaviya, Wahalkada, Maha Kanadarawa
and Maha Wilachchiya major tanks are issued adequate water for starting
and maintaining the Yala paddy cultivations, Anuradhapura irrigational
At Tisawewa and Abayawewa, along with Huruluwewa, the farmers have,
despite the agreement at the Kanna meeting, cultivated paddy in the
whole extent of land without growing subsidiary food crops.
As such, there is a problem of issuing the required capacity of
water, the irrigational engineers disclosed. Due to the scarcity of
water at Kalawewa, nearly 50,000 acres of paddy cultivation in Mahaweli
‘H’ area, are threatened with destruction.
Due to the drought, the farmers have shown less interest in obtaining
the fertilizer subsidy.
According to the Fertilizer Secretariat’s, Anuradhapura Assistant
Director A. T. Ajith Kumara, the fertilizer subsidy requirement for the
2012 Yala cultivation has been 33,624 metric tons of Urea, TSP and MOP.
This is for the cultivation of 78,694 hectare in the Anuradhapura
district. But so far the amount of subsidy already issued is only 11,372
metric tons, sufficient for 29,000 hectare.
He said during the previous years, may fertilizer subsidies had been
issued for 60,000 hectare comparatively.