Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has discussed with local parachute tray manufactures day before yesterday(03) to look into the possibility of providing parachute trays at reduced rates to farmers cultivating paddy during next Maha Season under major irrigations. At the discussion the Minister requested from Manufactures to take measures if possible to reduce the price of those products currently being sold in the market at around Rs. 47 per one.”In the event of being reduced the price, the government is ready to extend every possible assistance to them.” The Minister assured the Tray Manufactures.
Meanwhile the Minister requested the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance to look into the possibility of reducing or remaining import levy on parachute trays.
As it has been decided to issue water for Maha Season paddy cultivation continuously for 30 day under major irrigation schemes weed controlling is possible through water filling. As farmers are interested in undertaking paddy cultivation with the use of parachute trays, it is expected that over 2 million parachute trays are needed.
The requirement of parachute trays is 350-400 per one acre of paddy cultivation. As buying this requirement at the prevailing market price means enormous expenditure to farmers, the Minister instructed the Commissioner General of Agrarian Development to look into the possibility of issuing them at reduced rates.