Due to rainfall in most parts of the island, the water level of several reservoirs is over 75 percent and with the availability of water, the area of the paddy fields cultivated in the Yala season is 538,000 hectares while the Ministry of Agriculture expected only 200,000 hectares to be cultivated.
Therefore, it is expected that the Yala season will yield an extraordinary yield and Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the National Fertilizer Secretariat to provide the fertilizer to paddy farmers without a shortage.
This year's fertilizer requirement exceeds 16,620,000 metric tons and the government provide fertilizer for paddy farmers at the subsidized price of Rs. 500 for a 50 kilogram bag. For other crops a 50 kilogram bag of fertilized can be purchased from agencies for Rs. 1500. Steps have been taken to provide monetary benefits to the farmers using organic fertilizer.