Farmers’ contribution to the economy has been falling as industries and service sector businesses take over. Farmers’ contribution to the economy has been falling as industries and service sector businesses take over. Agriculture accounts for one fifth of the economy despite half the population depending on it for a living. Farmers are poor because they can’t get a good price for seasonal produce like rice.
But the local private sector that depends on farmers for raw material is now trying to correct this marketing problem.
Three paddy crops failed for farmer Seneviratne in a row.
He had little choice but to abandon growing rice due to lack of irrigated water.
That is when an agriculture officer overseeing the Kandy District introduced ginger as a crop to Seneviratne last year.
He has not looked back since.
Unlike paddy, ginger, although a seasonal crop like rice, demands less water.
In fact, ginger farmers dig trenches to rid fields of excess water that can damage crops.
The district agriculture officer says growing ginger is a good solution to the water s