Dried up tanks to be desilted
The government has taken urgent steps to desilt tanks which have
dried up and have them ready to be filled to capacity when the rains
arrive, said Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena.
The minister was addressing a farmers meeting in the Polonnaruwa
district recently, where he distributed water pumps and other farming
equipment. The North Central Province Agriculture Ministry funded this
Minister Sirisena said the government will implement a comprehensive
programme to assist farmers affected by the drought.
He said all large scale reservoirs and tanks in the Polonnaruwa
district have dried up and paddy fields destroyed as a result of the
Minister Sirisena said he would visit all Mahaweli Zones in the next
two weeks to assess the damage caused to the agriculture sector by the