Waters’ Edge

A spate of floods and drought affected the agriculture sector output in the last few years. A spate of floods and drought affected the agriculture sector output in the last few years. The sector is expected to record negative growth this year according to the Finance Ministry.

Farmers who depend on rain to grow their crops face the greatest risk due to the drought.

Even those who have access to irrigated water say the system is overstretched and under funded.

Hundreds of farmers who use water from the Mahaweli irrigation system met at the Institute of Fundamental studies in Kandy to tell authorities about water use problems, recently.

Some politicians were also there and it was time for hard bargaining.

Not about paddy prices, but on water allocation.

Before each cultivation season, farmers and officials meet to firm up a timetable for water supplies, to start cultivation.

This was the ‘pera kanna rasweema’ held for the maha cultivation season.
The mood at the meeting was however tense.

Farmers were unhappy with the limited and often delayed water s