Sufficient Diesel Can Ensure Sizeable Harvest – farmers

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The national organiser of the Govi Aragala Viyaparaya (GAV), Wimal Wattuhewa, said farmers will be able to reap a sizeable harvest during the upcoming Maha Season only if the Government is able to release 10 times the amount of diesel compared to the amount of fuel that is supplied currently.

He stated that a survey carried out by GAV islandwide had shown that the farmers would need at least 40,000 MT of diesel.

According to Wattuhewa around 400,000 hectares of paddy cultivations is slated to be harvested during Maha Season and added that harvesting will begin from the Moneragala and Ampara Districts after 15 September.

By Amith Gamage