Measures to make country self-sufficient in green gram
The Agriculture Ministry plans to make Sri Lanka self sufficient in
green gram, said Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane at the
progress review meeting held recently at the ministry.
Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane on
an inspection tour to green gram cultivated lands in
“Sri Lanka has become self sufficient in rice and maize. If the
country becomes self sufficient in green gram, we can utilise the money
spent on green gram imports to enhance the production of other food
crops.” he said.
The Agriculture Ministry has taken measures to promote green gram
cultivation in the Hambanthota district as short term cultivation for
the third season to meet the country’s green gram requirement.
“The country’s present green gram requirement is 25,000 metric tons
and this project is expected to yield 10,000 metric tons of green gram
this year from 10,000 hectares of green gram cultivated lands in the
Hambanthota district.” the minister said.
The Agriculture Department has introduced high yielding short term
green gram varieties called MI 5 and MI 6.
The department plans to enhance the soil fertility of paddy fields by
cultivating green gram in paddy fields.
According to agriculture experts, this green gram cultivation process
will help absorb atmospheric nitrogen to the soil.
It will help enhance the nitrogen content in the soil and create
fertile soil for the Maha cultivation season.
Green gram cultivation can be done without using chemical fertilizer
as all plant remnants can be used to produce organic fertilizer.
Production cost for green gram cultivation is low as farmers have to
spend money only for buying seeds. Eight kilogrammes of seed can be
cultivated in an acre.
About 400 kg of green gram can be produced from an acre of land after
two months. Farmers can earn Rs. 80,000 from an acre of green gram
cultivated land by selling their produce at Rs. 200 per a kilo.