New tech­niques used to in­crease har­vest after Yala de­ba­cle

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY AJITHLAL SHANTHAUDA­YA

With the ob­jec­tive of cul­ti­vat­ing more paddy and en­cour­ag­ing youth to en­gage in paddy cul­ti­va­tion, mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and ma­chin­ery were in­tro­duced in the Ku­ruwita Agri­cul­ture Ad­vi­sor’s Di­vi­sion. Ac­cord­ingly, two pi­lot projects were launched to plant paddy in the Kan­dan­goda range us­ing the parachute sys­tem and plant­ing with the use of ma­chin­ery in the Kara­p­in­cha Gab­wela pad­dy­field fol­low­ing ad­vice of­fered by the Provin­cial Agri­cul­tural De­part­ment.

Agri­cul­ture Ad­vi­sor of the Ku­ruwita Di­vi­sion,vi­raj Hirip­i­tiya ex­plained that while the cul­tivable ex­tent of paddy in the Ku­ruwita Agri­cul­ture Ad­vi­sor’s Di­vi­sion is 958 hectares, the tar­get for cul­ti­va­tion this Yala Sea­son had been 140 hectares of paddy. How­ever, he said even that could not be achieved due to cli­matic is­sues among other things and that they had only been able to cultivate only 100 acres to date.

Ac­cord­ing to Hirip­i­tiya the farm­ers had com­plained about an acute short­age of skilled labour­ers for agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties while there were also prob­lems with en­gag­ing in tra­di­tional paddy cul­ti­va­tion. They point out that the younger gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers were not will­ing to cultivate paddy us­ing the old tech­niques used by them.

The agri­cul­ture ad­vi­sor was also in agree­ment with the younger farm­ers and said cul­ti­vat­ing paddy us­ing mod­ern ma­chin­ery helps solve the prob­lems of time spent on the cul­ti­va­tion process. Ad­di­tion­ally, a bumper har­vest would en­sue by us­ing less paddy seeds while us­ing mod­ern meth­ods would also make it pos­si­ble to keep the the paddy cul­ti­va­tion free from weeds.

While the cul­tivable ex­tent of paddy in the Ku­ruwita Agri­cul­ture Ad­vi­sor’s Di­vi­sion is 958 hectares, the tar­get for cul­ti­va­tion this Yala Sea­son had been 140 hectares of paddy

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