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PM calls on agriculture officials to look into the food shortage

The Prime Minister met with representatives of the agriculture sector today (27) to discuss the food shortage in the country.

During the discussion, the Prime Minister stated that US $ 600 million is required to ensure an adequate supply of fertilizer. The officials then informed that if the banks issue dollars, the fertilizer companies will be able to supply the required amount of fertilizer.

The Prime Minister also explained that a new bill called the Essential Agriculture Supply Act will be introduced in Parliament to ensure the continuous supply and distribution of agricultural commodities.

He stated that the world is facing a shortage of wheat and fertilizer due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

He explained that as the deficit increased, Sri Lanka’s food supply would deteriorate if immediate remedial action was not taken.

The Prime Minister instructed the officials to identify cultivable utility lands in urban areas. He said the country was in a dangerous situation and a concerted effort was needed to recover.

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