Saturday September 14, 2019 13:26:02
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has raised a paddy (rough rice) output from both cultivation seasons in 2019 to 4.613 million metric tonnes up 5.5 percent from an earlier estimate, and up 17 percent from last year, the state agricultural office said.
In the ongoing Yala season, 1,540 paddy is forecast to be produced after crop damage, up from a earlier forecast of 1.47 million metric tonnes.
This years Yala forecast is around the same as 1.53 million metric tonnes produced in 2018.
After wastage and seed paddy needs, 1.38 million tonnes of paddy will be available for milling from the Yala crop. About 940,000 metric tonnes milled rice will be available for consumption.
The final main Maha rice output is now estimated to 3.073 million metric tonnes up 28 percent from last year and 5.9 percent higher from a preliminary estimate.
For the full year 4.613 million metric tonnes of paddy and 2.88 million metric tonnes of milled rice would be available. (Colombo/Sept14/2019)