Facing a severe food crisis, Sri Lanka’s Colombo Municipal Council has switched to vegetable cultivation on the 240-ha area of land it owns in the capital city which was used earlier for ornamental plants.
The nation is faced with a food crisis due to decline in the production after a failed chemical fertilizer ban by former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2021. As a result, the country with 22 million people forced to pay higher prices with the nation-wide food inflation has been hovering around 85 percent, the latest data show.
The cultivation of vegetables including brinjal, reddish, beetroot, cord, tomato, long beans, chilli, spinach, and beans was done to feed low-income families, who account for 60 percent of the residents in the Municipal area.
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