Seed paddy is being provided free to cultivate the paddy fields that were inundated during the recent rains.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa has taken this measure on the advice of the President. The programme is being implemented by the Ministries of Economic Development and Agriculture. The Minister has held discussions with the UN Resident Representative Neil Brune and Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization Patrick Evans in this connection. Four thousand and five hundred acres of paddy cultivation in the Western Province were destroyed due to the recent floods. Three hundred acres of paddy cultivation were destroyed in the Southern Province while 700 acres were destroyed in the Sabaragamuwa Province. A short term variety of paddy has to be used for re-cultivation of these paddy fields,. 15,000 bushels of seed paddy of short-term varieties will be distributed amongst farmers under this programme at the cost of 2.45 million rupees. The first stock of seed paddy will be distributed amongst farmers in the Karuwagoda and Panideniya areas in the Poddala Divisional Secretariat areas.