Ampara farmers urged to plant paddy seedlings
By M.A.P. Deen – Ampara Correspondent
The Department of Agriculture has decided to promote the planting of paddy seedlings in paddy cultivation areas in the Ampara District. The government was keen to promote this methodology as a low cost, easy to do alternative while introducing the latest technology available to farmers.
While the Ampara District is known for producing a major portion of the country’s paddy requirements the traditional methodology of muddy sowing and dry sowing is now getting outdated. Thus if the newer method of paddy seedling planting is introduced it is thought farmers would be able to save both time and money while doubling their paddy production. The Department of Agriculture organised an event to help promote paddy seedling planting at Kalvettiya Kandam in Akkaraipattu on Thursday (15) under the auspices of Deputy Director of Agriculture, Ampara M.F.A. Sameer where the methodology of paddy seedling planting was explained to farmers of the area by Agriculture Experts.
At the informative event organised by Retired Agricultural Officer (Seed Paddy) M.I. Nazeer, Agriculture Officers, Subject Officers and Agriculture Instructors were on hand to instruct and give advice to farmers on the new methodology to be used including how to prepare the nursery and maintaining it, transplanting methodology, the use of machinery were also explained in detail. It was clear to all the farmers present that paddy seedling planting was the future of paddy cultivation and that they would be able to reap great benefits by changing to the more modern method of cultivation of their crops.