Sri Lanka - Granary of the East

  • 27 Apr 2008 18:44:03 GMT

    Bonngo:

    Nice article

    [[ n `Medieval Sinhalese Art`, Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy ]]

    I really liked this sentence, A tamil but as good Sri lankan and he knew the Sri lankan society without any racist sentiment.

    I always think, British could make Coconut, Tea and rubber all of which introduced crops to Sri Lanka became the foreign Exchange earning cash crops.

    Yet, GOSL could NOT give the same status for Paddy which is the staple food for most of the Asians.

    Many Sri Lankan diaspora are dependent on imported rice from Sri lanka for their meals.

  • 27 Apr 2008 18:44:58 GMT

    It once was the granary. Not anymore:))

  • 27 Apr 2008 18:59:33 GMT

    AnuD,

    We built damns and diverted Mahaweli to the North. Everything was wonderful and we yielded good results.

    This time we encountered an unexpected problem, heavy rain ruined the harvest. Although this was unexpected, we can expect it in future as well. The GOSL instead of mucking around should take steps to prepare for this type of disasters in future.

    Aani,

    The article desribes some of the ancient traditions related to harvest recorded by eye witnesses such as Bella Sydney Wolf. The process of threshing has given birth to a unique set of words called the `Kamath Bashawa.` Each provice has its own peculiar Kamath words. These traditions are dying down now.

  • 27 Apr 2008 19:09:38 GMT

    Bonngo:

    [[The process of threshing has given birth to a unique set of words called the `Kamath Bashawa.` Each provice has its own peculiar Kamath words. These traditions are dying down now. ]]

    During animal evolution the reproductive system did not change much. Just the same way, even in communicating language certain things did not change very much.`Kamath Bhashawa` is one such thing.

    I heard, that Japanese language and the South Indian Language, I cannot remember which one, have some similar words in their Kamath Bhashawas.

    A Japanese told me and and he told me about the evolution of languages.

  • 27 Apr 2008 19:11:53 GMT

    Bonngo:

    [[ This time we encountered an unexpected problem, heavy rain ruined the harvest. ]]

    GOSL should use POST HARVEST STORAGE TECHNOLOGY which is available in Sri Lanka to store paddy enough for two seasons.

    That way, GOSL can counter act this type of CRISIS situations and also can control the prices when Rice prices go up by releasing stocks. SO, then it won`t be a political issue.

  • 27 Apr 2008 19:14:46 GMT

    Nice pics, and article Bongs.

    Parippu & Sampol ? Did it came from Bengal or does it came with the parademala `invaders` ?

    No, just to remind that the Sri Lankan culture is an unique mix..

    C`mon extreme Singhalas, we are not invaders and our homeland is Sri Lanka ! :-))

  • 27 Apr 2008 19:31:56 GMT

    High fertilizer use causes many inorganic irons in drinking water and toxicity causing kidney damage and failure.

    NOw the west is very keen on fertilizer - free and pesticide - free ORGANIC foods.

    Pesticide residues cause cancer and birth defects over the time.

    So, GOSl also should promote peasant farmers to go to old varieties which doe not need fertilizer and pesticides. GOSL can help market those products as speciality Rices in order to get a good price.

    Another technique is semi automated - transplanting or as an alternative RAW Seeding need to be promoted.

  • 27 Apr 2008 21:45:35 GMT

    [. Rice and pol sambol make up a lovely breakfast. Add parippu and a piece of karavala - and it`s a full meal.]

    You making me hungry ..:):)

    Karawala?? Masa dekaking dekke naha.. :)

  • 27 Apr 2008 22:28:17 GMT

    Rice Rice Baby!!!

  • 28 Apr 2008 00:15:42 GMT

    [High fertilizer use causes many inorganic irons in drinking water and toxicity causing kidney damage and failure. ]

    AnuD,

    For once I agree with you. You are of course aware that fertilizer is heavily subsidized by GOSL.

    RK