The decision to issue water for Maha season paddy cultivation continuously 35 days under major irrigations was announced by Mr.Kirthi B. Kotagama, Director General of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka stated at the water management committee meeting held today (10)at the National Agriculture Information Technology Institution ,Gannoruwa ,Peradeniya and this decision was taken at the request of the Agriculture Minister ,Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Director General, MASL further stated that water will be issued for forming of the coming Maha season under the instructions and guidance of the Ministry of Agriculture in order to make the organic farming successful, the programme of which is being implemented in keeping with a proposal of His Excellency the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage expressing his view at the meeting stated that arrangements have been made to provide paddy farmers with organic fertilizer requirement for Maha season farming. He proposed that a decision was taken by the water management committee to issue water for 35 days continuously for the first time to enable for paddy farmers to control weed growing with the use of water. The Minister also revealed that attention has been paid to distribute parachute trays to farmers at reduced prices through Agrarian services Centers.
It was revealed that the capacity of water in Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala, Moragahakanda, Castlereigh, Maussakele, Udawalawa, Dambulu oya, Rajanganaya, Nuwara wewa, Giritale, Minneriya, kanthale, Terason, Kaudulla, and Parakrama reservoirs remain between 50% to 90%. Mahaweli state Minister who attended this meeting said that uninterrupted water supply for 35 days would not be a problem in view of the above situation.
Secretaries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Mahaweli Development, Ministry of Irrigation and the Secretaries of the relevant State Ministries, Director Generals of the Department of Irrigation and Department of Agriculture along with other high ranking officials attended this water Management meeting.