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Right to information on rainfall and food supply


Sri Lanka’s agriculture is almost exclusively rain dependent. Unlike in India , there is no thawing snow to feed the rivers or large volumes of ground water, except in Jaffna, to provide irrigation water. This makes rainfall a very important factor in Sri Lankan agriculture. What we normally call irrigation water too is rain derived.

In an average year by this time, the Maha rains have tapered off, the water reservoirs and the rivers are full or near full and the rice fields are in crop and approaching maturity. But this Maha season has been different. The rain was far below average. The reservoirs are only one third full, rivers are in below average flow and only a third of rice fields have been cropped. The situation is serious.


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