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Forty thousand acres of paddy cultivation are at the risk of being destroyed due to lack of rains during the last six months in the Northern Province, Provincial irrigation director Sivapana Sundaram Visudaram said. Of the paddy fields under threat 11000 acres are in Vavuniya, 10000 acres in Kilinochchi, 3200 acres in Mannar and 15800 acres in Mulativu. Pix by Romesh Madushanka




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  • buffaloa citizen Thursday, 02 August 2012 08:59 AM

    If we had the money lost to the oil hedging case amounting to US$ 163 million, a massive water desalination plant could have been built including pipe lines to all these areas providing water to these poor farmers with a clear sign of self sufficiency. Does MR and his regime have a single morsel of regret or remorse on this? No and never.

    Muraly Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:22 AM

    Disaster yet to come.

    All the hard work of our famers gone in vain and they are continue to suffer.

    Only hope is god will give them rain.

    Ranawiruwa Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:32 AM

    May your crop be saved, may it rain so that you will save everything!!!

    farieze Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:39 AM

    if rural areas are destroyed in the name development, how can we expect rains? There are no trees. In the name of developments many lands are destroyed to build building , sports centers and airports. BIA airport is enough

    Gandalf Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:46 AM

    What happened to paan piti terrorism?

    Jeevan Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:07 AM

    The way we use water for cultivation are very inefficient. only 2% of the water is used by the plants and others just evaporate or go down the earth. Our farmers should be educated on the new ways of using water efficiently.

    shan Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:45 AM

    Time to think to direct Mahawali river to North.

    senavi Thursday, 02 August 2012 11:45 AM

    due to deforestation in the hills Mahaveli is just a shadow of its past

    asoka Thursday, 02 August 2012 09:15 PM

    This is natural disaster guys. Please dont blame the government. Right now there is a heavy drought in the USA also. You guys a bunch of whiners. If it rain too much you blame the Gov. If it does not rain you blame the Gov. Get a life you guys.


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