215,000 acres to be used for paddy cultivation – Ampara DS
By M.A.P. Deen – Ampara Correspondent
“An extent of 215,000 acres of lands coming under the purview of Senanayake Samudraya would be brought under paddy cultivation during the forthcoming 2021/2022 Maha Season in the Ampara District, while 10,200 acres would be allowed to be cultivated with sugarcane in the district,” said District Secretary of Ampara D.M.L. Bandaranayake at the cultivation meeting to decide the calendars of the Maha Cultivation of Ampara District held at the Auditorium of the Akkaraipattu Divisional Secretariat recently.
The meeting, presided over by the Resident Project Manager of Gal Oya Right Bank S.L.A. Ansar, was also attended by Regional Director of Irrigation Sujitha Gamage, District Director of Agriculture M.S.A. Kalees, Deputy Director Agriculture (Extension) M.F.A. Zaneer, Divisional Secretary M.T.A. Ansar, agricultural and farmer representatives of the areas.
Thanking the farmers of Ampara District for their pivotal role in producing a major portion of the rice required for the country despite the COVID-19 pandemic and various other obstacles, District Secretary Bandaranayake further said their determination and courage could continue as in the past for the country’s self-sufficiency in food.
He at this juncture stressed the importance of utilising organic fertiliser and necessary instructions are given in this regard by the officials of the Department of Agriculture and said the Government has taken all efforts to help the farmers in issuing the subsidies on time.
Announcing the cultivation calendar, the District Secretary said all cultivation works should commence by the 15th of this month and sowing should be completed by 15 November.
He also added that presently the Senanayake Samudraya has the capacity of 190,000 acre feet water and with the anticipated rainfall he hoped that farmers could engage in successful cultivation in the District.