Rice Production in Sri Lanka


General information

  • GNI per capita at PPP$, 2011: 5,520
  • Internal renewable water resources, 2011: 52.8 km3/year
  • Incoming water flow, 2011: 0 km3/year
  • Main food consumed, 2009: rice, oilcrops, wheat, vegetables, milk, fruits, sugar, fish
  • Rice consumption, 2009: 103.8 kg milled rice per person per year

Production seasons




Major (Maha)


Minor (Yaha)

Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):

Sri Lanka, a small island at the southern tip of India, had a population of 21 million in 2011. The country has an area of 65,610 km2, which is divided into two climate zones, wet in the southwest and dry elsewhere. The land is mainly flat with a central mountain range. Arable land was 19% of the total land area in 2009. Agriculture accounts for 44% of the workforce and 12% of GDP. Rice is the second largest crop after tea.

Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.

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