The Dept. of Agriculture says that ground nut harvest has exceeded the national requirement recording with nearly two fold increase.The ground nuts are cultivated in Sri Lanka as supplementary food crop.
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera sought information on local ground nut cultivation at a meeting held recently with crop leaders appointed to promote crop cultivations in Sri Lanka.
According to S.N.P.Weerakoon, Deputy Director, Crop Leaders on ground nut cultivation stated that the harvest of ground nuts by the end of 2021 was over 64,000 MT although the annual national requirement is 30,000 MT.
With the introduction of a new variety by the DOA known as “Lanka Jambo” it has been possible to suspend the importation of the stocks of the same variety.As the variety being produced in Sri Lanka is used for Jambo Peanut production, it has been possible to save a large sum of foreign exchange.
The Minister of Agriculture instructed officials of the Dept. of Agriculture to utilize additional ground nut harvest for promotion of value added production such a ground nut oil and ground nut butter etc.Then it will be possible to further expand ground nut cultivation, said the Minister.
Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera stated that more attention shall be paid for cultivation of ground nuts as it could be cultivated without application of chemical fertilizer or agro chemicals.Hence farmers should be encouraged to under take ground cultivation in future.