Water levels low, but Maha targets can be met

By Maheen Senanayake

"We have 72 major reservoir which are on average 30% full," said Mrs. Badra Kamaladasa, Director General, Department of Irrigation speaking to the Sunday Island yesterday. Of these five reservoirs including Batalagoda in Kurunegala, Tissawewa in Anuradhapura and Angamuwa, also in Anuradhapura are at 100% capacity," she said.

The Director General also intimated that other reservoirs are still slowly filling as a result of the last rains.

"Though the 30% capacity is a national average, we do have some at 40% capacity,", she also said.

Asked what impact this will have on the Maha cultivation season, she said "Generally the season starts in November and in areas with about 40% irrigation capacity we will start around November 15, and that is our plan. However, some farmers in the districts of Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Ampara have already started dry ploughing anticipating rain. This is quite customary in some parts of the island and farmers are used to this."

"We also expect to meet the Maha season targets through strict water management," Mrs. Kamaladasa said.

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