SRI LANKAN Hurulu farmers demand additional Mahaweli water Cool, Anuradhapura Additional District Team The farmers requested the government to provide additional Mahaweli water to the Srilanka Hurulu Reservoir throughout the year. Paddy can be produced for around Rs. 500. 15 million per year if required. Huruluwa area is about 11,000 acres. In addition, there are 13 small tanks near the reservoir. Hulu Wewa Irrigation Engineer Athula Wijewardena said the average water capacity of Hurulu Wewa;
That is, 55,000 acres; Currently, only 8,000 acres of land is available, which is enough to cultivate about 1,000 acres. We request the Mahaweli Water Management Committee to release at least 36,000-acre feet of water as the water level in the reservoir is declining. However, so far we have not received a positive response, ”Wijewardene said. Under our agreement, under normal weather conditions, we will receive 10,000 acres of water along the 60-kilometer-long food canal from Bowatena to Hurulu. The Agrarian Development Department has unnecessarily blocked the storage of water in the medium-sized tanks of Habarana, Tokot and Hiriwadunna, so not even a quarter of this water can be obtained. Also, some hotel owners and businessmen are engaged in large-scale cultivation along the canal and are tapping the water supply illegally. Galenbindunuwe Divisional Secretary Margaret Kumbure said that the Secretary of the Irrigation Department has been requested to release 30,000 acres.
Mahaweli water for the 2018 Yala season. However, Kumble said he had not received any response. Meanwhile, Galenbindunuwewa farmers affected by the drought received Rs. Dry rations worth Rs. 5,000 as a refund as per the criteria set out in a recent circular issued by the Ministry of Disaster Management. The Ministry does not provide rations to Rajangane farmers under the latest drought-affected family category. The farmers’ organization has drawn the attention of Irrigation Minister Duminda Dissanayake to re-evaluate this program.