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Arrangements afoot to renovate damaged tanks and bund

Jan 12, 2011 4:25:31 AM - news.lk

President instructs the Agrarian Services Minister

Over 404,163 acres of cultivated paddy lands in major paddy cultivation areas have been completely destroyed. Larger potion of paddy cultivation is done in the country's dry zones mainly in the east and North central provinces. Since the end of war over 100,000 acres of fallow paddy lands were brought under paddy cultivation in the Kilinochchi district.

The recent torrential rain made havoc destroying paddy cultivations in the districts of  Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara and Kilinochchi areas

These districts are the paddy growing areas and are affected by heavy rains as well as the water released from the over  flowing reservoirs and tanks

According to the latest reports 607 tanks and bunds have been completely damaged and  228 have been partially damaged due to
continued torrential rain.   05 fertilizer store complexes and 10 Agrarian Services Centres have been submerged by flood water thereby causing disruptions to agrarian services

The President has issued instructions to renovate the tanks and bunds within a period of one month as soon as the weather condition improves.  Required funds are to be released by the Ministry of Economic Development on the instructions of Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile the Ministry has made arrangements to give dry rations, seed paddy and fertilizer for the affected farmers once the water level recedes.