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Sri Lanka may have to face food shortage: Former PM

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Colombo, Sri Lanka: Food shortage on the way to Sri Lanka amid the economic crisis said former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

With Sri Lanka facing its worst economic and political crisis in four decades, the impending food crisis will put the country in a mess when it is already grappling with fuel and electricity shortages.

Sri Lanka’s economy has been in a free-fall since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the crash of the tourism sector. The country is also facing a foreign exchange shortage as it borrowed billions of dollars from China, burdening itself with hefty loans.

According to Colombo Page, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, expressing his views during a discussion with a group of private bankers in Colombo on Saturday said, “There could be a severe food shortage in Sri Lanka in the future as the government is not able to provide the fertilizer needed for the Yala season yet”.

In a further statement, the UNP leader said the public including the youth has taken to the streets demanding the immediate resignation of the government and a system but the Parliament has failed to provide a proper solution.
The revolutionary change demanded by the people must be heeded, he added.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since the country gained independence in 1948. Food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts are affecting a large number of the people resulting in massive protests in the country. Sri Lanka’s foreign debt is estimated at USD 51 billion.

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