Aug 20, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, has instructed the Department of Agriculture to provide an immediate report regarding the big onion cultivation in Sri Lanka.
The Minister noted that the big onion cultivation in Sri Lanka was successfully done many years ago, but for about seven to eight years the onion cultivation has been very unsuccessful.
Last week, the Minister of Agriculture instructed the Department of Agriculture to submit an immediate report regarding the cultivation of big onions in the country as it is reported that farmers have abandoned big onion cultivation.
The annual requirement of onion in the country is 300,000 metric tons, but the national production in this year is 4,716 metric tons. The amount imported during this year is 131,795 metric tons. Considering the amount produced in the country and the amount imported, the current amount of onion in the country is 136,509 metric tons.
Considering this situation, the Minister instructed the Department of Agriculture to provide a report on the measures to be taken to either increase the production of big onions in the country or to divert the farmers to grow other high yielding crops as the land where big onions are grown is being run at a loss.