The Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board has handed over the crop damage report on paddy and other crops reported as at 2023.08.29 due to the prevailing dry weather condition to the Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera Hon. Minister of Agriculture.
Accordingly, by the 29th, the total amount of damaged paddy fields is 58,766.97 acres. The cultivated area of paddy is 58,389.82 acres and other crops are 377.15 acres out of this.
The number of affected farmers has increased up to 53,965. So far, the highest amount of crop damage is reported from Kurunegala district. Accordingly, it is 26,195.11 acres. Number of farmers affected is 31,427.
The second highest crop damage is reported from Udawalawe region still, which is 16,667.50 acres. The number of affected farmers is 5,867. Also, the amount of damaged paddy acres in Matale district are 1,496.35 and the number of farmers affected is 2,255. The amount of damaged paddy acres in Puttalam district are 1,765.56 and the number of farmers affected is 1,185. The number of farmers affected from crop damage in Polonnaruwa district is 470 and the amount of damaged paddy acres are 1,149.75. The number of farmers affected from crop damage in Rathnapura district is 1,971 and the amount of damaged paddy acres are 1293.50.
Meanwhile, the discussion on how to do the cultivation in consideration of the prevailing weather conditions in the coming Maha season was held at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute. In the discussion chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister has mentioned that the actions will be taken to compensate the farmers who had suffered from crop damage before the beginning of Maha season. The Minister has also mentioned that the compensation will be expedited.