Programme to ensure adequate seed paddy stocks | Daily News

Programme to ensure adequate seed paddy stocks

The Ministry of Agriculture has implemented a programme to prevent the shortage of quality seed paddy required for paddy cultivation in the Maha Season 2022/23.

Seed paddy required for the Maha Season is generally produced during the Yala season. But the farmers who planted seed paddy in the 2022 Yala season were facing a big problem due to the lack of chemical fertilizer.

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Department of Agriculture to take immediate steps to provide the adequate stocks of chemical fertilizer to seed paddy farmers as per the findings of the discussions held with the representatives of farmers’ organisations.

Around 6,774.3 hectares of fields have been cultivated during this Yala Season covering the country’s 9 provinces including the Mahaweli Zone.

Accordingly, the Minister has instructed the Department of Agriculture to issue a total of 1,524 metric tons of Urea and 372.6 metric tons of TSP (Triple Superphosphate) and 406.5 metric tons of MOP (Muriate of Potash) required for these cultivations.

“If seed paddy production is disrupted during the Yala season this year, it will be difficult to procure seed paddy for the 2022/23 Maha Season. Therefore, these steps were taken to provide quality seed paddy to farmers,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, the private sector has already released 147,000 bushels of seed paddy required for seed paddy cultivation during the Yala Season.



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