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Sri Lanka – Climate and Food Security Monitoring Bulletin for the Maha (primary) Harvest Season (2019-2020)

Sri Lanka’s primary paddy harvest season ‘Maha’  is estimated to meet domestic demand until September 2020. While the floods, mainly along the North-Central, East and North regions, caused an estimated production loss of 57,000mt, this will not have a significant impact on food security. Furthermore, the water levels in reservoirs are above 80 per cent of total capacity; this irrigable water is higher compared to 66 per cent at the same time – last year.

The bulletin further informs of challenges due to the Novel-Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the seasonal climate and food security outlook and the measures the Government is taking to ensure food security among vulnerable parts of the population.