The Hector Kobbekaduwa Agriculture and Training Institute (HKATI) states the country could expect a record paddy harvest this Yala season.
The Institute states that a record harvest of 1,916,138 metric tons of paddy is expected from this Yala season.
A total of 501,017 hectares of paddy land had reportedly been cultivated by June this year.
The Institute has forecasted of a drop in paddy prices due to the large stocks of paddy that are still available with the millers.
Farmers have therefore been advised to issue the stocks already available with them into the market in order to maintain prices.