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* Sri Lanka yielding the best ever Maha harvest
Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 11:27 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka is now reaping the highest harvest that it gained in a 'Maha' season, reports say. 'Maha' is the most favorable season for paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture S. Amarasekara says that the harvest will reach 2.6 million metric tons. This is an increase of 300,000 tons of the anticipated harvest of the Maha season this year. The agricultural authorities expected a harvest of 2.3 million.

The Ministry commended the favorable weather conditions, fertilizer subsidy, and the addition of the harvest of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to the national output for the sharp increase of harvest.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture said that the Paddy Marketing Board under the Ministry has so far purchased 36,000 metric tons from the farmers.

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