Yala paddy harvest to fall 42%


This year’s ‘Yala’ paddy crop is expected to fall by 42 per cent Year-on-Year (YoY) to 1,216,089 metric tons (mts) due to the Government’s chemical fertiliser import ban which was effective over an eight month period from April 2021 to November 2021, Agriculture Department data from yesterday (Sunday, 4 September) showed.

Further, the Yala sown extent is expected to have shrunk by 45 per cent (225,683 hectares) to 275,784 ha, YoY, where the sown extent for Yala 2021 was calculated at almost double the figure of ‘Yala 2022’ at 501,467 ha.

Meanwhile, the largest paddy crop slump is expected from Kurunegala District, where the Yala harvest is expected to fall by 98 per cent (267,688 mts) YoY to 5,884 mts and the second largest in absolute terms, Polonnaruwa down 79 per cent (236,810 mts) to 63,507 mts, respectively.

The second largest Yala harvest in absolute terms last year was from Polonnaruwa at 300,317 mts and the third largest from Kurunegala (300,317 mts), respectively. Meanwhile, the largest Yala harvest last year was from Ampara (313,708 mts). The Amapara Yala harvest YoY is expected to fall by 70 per cent (218,685 mts) YoY to 95,023 mts.

The envisaged district wise Yala breakdown by the Department in alphabetical order are: Paddy yield from Ampara District is expected to decline by 70 per cent (218,685 mts) to 95,023 mts, Anuradhapura down 33 per cent (78,155 mts) to 155,793 mts, Badulla down seven per cent (3,802 mts) to 48,525 mts, Batticaloa up 19 per cent (22,701 mts) to 140,054 mts, Colombo up 68 per cent (3,341 mts) to 8,240 mts, Galle up 57 per cent (10,835 mts) to 29,708 mts, Gampaha down 35 per cent (7,519 mts) to 14,069 mts.

Hambantota down 27 per cent (47,921 mts) to 127,269 mts, Kalutara up 17 per cent (4,432 mts) to 30,947 mts, Kandy down 15 per cent (3,181 mts) to 18,378 mts, Kegalle up 23 per cent (3,519 mts) to 18,814 mts, Kilinochchi down 87 per cent (19,181 mts) to 22,107 mts, Kurunegala down 98 per cent (267,688 mts) to 5,884 mts, Matale down 10 per cent (5,381 mts) to 46,034 mts, Matara up 16 per cent to 47,164 mts.

Monaragala down nine per cent (6,854 mts) to 70,898 mts, Mullaitivu down 94 per cent (34,626 mts) to 2,206 mts, Nuwara Eliya up 87 per cent (4,926 mts) to 10,606 mts, Polonnaruwa down 79 per cent (236,810 mts) to 63,507 mts, Puttalam down 59 per cent (34,892 mts) to 23,836 mts, and Ratnapura down 96 per cent (36,274 mts) to 1,343 mts, Trincomalee  up 24 per cent (30,205 mts) to 153,696 mts and Vavuniya up 37 per cent (9,868 mts) to 36,474 mts, respectively.

Agriculture Department has no envisaged Yala 2022 target from the Mannar District, whereas in Yala 2021 Mannar gave a Yala paddy crop of 12,860 mts. For both Yala 2021 and 2022, no Yala crop has been envisaged from Jaffna. Department data further showed.  

By Paneetha Ameresekere