Sri Lanka appeals for farmers to plant more rice as food shortage looms

31/5/2022 2:35:00 PM

Sri Lanka appeals for farmers to plant more rice as food shortage looms

Sri Lanka appeals for farmers to plant more rice as food shortage looms

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka wants farmers to plant more rice as part of plans to avert a severe food shortage, a top official said on Tuesday (May 31), as experts warned of a 50 per cent drop in production that would worsen the impact of its already-severe financial crisis. Sri Lanka is in the throes of its worst s

LinkedIn COLOMBO: Sri Lanka wants farmers to plant more rice as part of plans to avert a severe food shortage, a top official said on Tuesday (May 31), as experts warned of a 50 per cent drop in production that would worsen the impact of its already-severe financial crisis.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn LAHORE : Chamari Athapaththu's Sri Lanka will be keen to garner as many points as possible in the one-day series against Pakistan beginning on Wednesday as they begin the long trek towards the 2025 Women's World Cup.https://str.

Sri Lanka is in the throes of its worst such crisis in more than seven decades.The island of 22 million people has run out of foreign exchange reserves and is unable to pay for critical imports including fuel, food and medicine."We've asked airlines to carry the required fuel while operating to Sri Lanka, because there is a shortage of aviation fuel, and we have to manage the situation," Mr Rayhan Wanniappa, a director of Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority, said in a phone interview on Monday (May 30).“It is clear the food situation is becoming worse.At the end of the cycle, the top five directly qualify for the 2025 World Cup, while the rest will vie for the remaining two slots.We request all farmers to step into their fields in the next five to ten days and cultivate paddy,” Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told a press conference on Tuesday." Airlines that fly to Sri Lanka, including Dubai's Emirates Airline are tankering - carrying more fuel than required - while the island's flag carrier is using the Southern Indian city of Chennai and Dubai to refuel for long-haul flights, people familiar with the matter said, declining to be identified as plans are confidential.Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned of a severe food shortage by August and estimates US$600 million will be needed to import fertliser, which the country is struggling to raise.Ms Deepthi is one of millions of people in Sri Lanka battling galloping inflation, falling incomes and shortages of everything from fuel to medicine as the country reels under its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.

Most fertliser will arrive too late for the next cultivation cycle that usually kicks off in early June, a group of agriculture experts have warned.The country defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time this month, and has started bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.".In the next two seasons, sufficient quantities of fertiliser will not be available to fulfill the nutrient requirements of any of the major crops of rice, tea and maize.Related:.The steps include fuel tankering and refuelling aircraft through technical stops at foreign airports, he said.

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