The prices of certain varieties of vegetables at the Dambulla Economic Centre have spiked by about 200 percent due to the low harvest yield, owing to dry weather conditions.
Many vegetable farmers are sustaining their cultivations, using well water at present. However, several cultivations have been decimated by the heat wave.
Traders at the Dambulla Economic Centre point out that this situation has caused a significant drop in the supply of vegetables. They believe the lack of produce will have a severe impact on the festive season. The dry weather has also had an adverse impact on tea plantations in several areas.
Our correspondents say tea bushes in several plantations including in Talawakelle, have wilted.
A tea smallholder stated that they will not have an income during the Sinhala – Hindu New Year, a time at which they usually gain a good income income by selling leaves plucked in March, around April 10 or 12.
A tea-plucker stated that they have worked only on one day for the entire month.