Jan 03, Colombo: The government has taken steps to provide relief to 4,000 farmer families in the Kaudulla Irrigation Scheme, who had to abandon their cultivations in Maha season 2017/2018 as a result of improper issuing of water due to testing conducted at Moragahakanda Reservoir.
According to the water management committee of the Maha Season 2017/2018, water was to be issued to the Irrigation projects in Elahera, Giritale, Minneriya and Kaudulla, from 10 November 2017,
However, due to the need to collect water to conduct the electricity generation of the Moragahakanda Reservoir in order to complete its construction, supplying water to about 4,000 farmer families under the Kaudulla Irrigation for the Maha season was not possible.
Therefore, the government has decided to provide a special subsidy of Rs. 10,000 for each of the 4,000 farmer families in the Kaudulla Irrigation Scheme, who had to give up their cultivation in the 2017/2018 Maha Season, in addition to the Rs. 5,000 dry rations already given to them.
The cabinet of ministers at its first meeting of the year on Tuesday has approved the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment.