Inter Provincial Area-Anuradhapura
Office of the Deputy Director of Agriculture (Inter-Provincial) is located at Kada 12, Anuradhapura. Agricultural Advisory Offices at Rajanganaya South, Nachchaduwa, Vilachchiya, Galenbindunuwewa, Wahalkada, Nuwarawewa, Padaviya, Rambewa in Anuradhapura District, Agricultural Advisory Offices at Rajanganaya Left, Usgala Siyambalangamuwa in Kurunegala District, Agricultural Advisory Office at Neelabamma in Puttalam District, and Agricultural Advisory Office at Devahuwa in Matale District are also sub-offices belonging to this office.
There are 23922 hectares of irrigated paddy lands, 5668 hectares of minor irrigated paddy lands, 3365 hectares of rain fed paddy lands and 21850 hectares of upland lands in Anuradhapura Inter Provincial area. This office implements agro-extension programs and agro-development programs for 54734 farming families who cultivate in these lands. 156 major Irrigation Farmers’ Associations and 229 Minor Irrigation Farmers’ Associations are operated in the area.
Paddy is cultivated on about 34000 ha during the Maha season and about 24000 ha during the Yala season, while supplementary food crops are cultivated on about 10000 ha during the Maha season and about 6000 ha during the Yala season. This region can be considered as one of the leading areas in Sri Lanka for the cultivation of maize, black gram, sesame, big onion, soya bean and chilli. Fruits are cultivated on about 2000 hectares and vegetables on about 1000 hectares annually. As a mid-season crop, green gram is cultivated on about 2500 hectares annually.
Deputy Director of Agriculture (Inter-Provincial)
Mr. G.A.P. Wimalarathne