Sri Lanka Food Crisis: Sri Lanka is facing the most profound food crisis ever. There is a severe shortage of all essential food items in the country, due to which inflation has reached the highest level. The condition of the lower class is not only wrong, but the state of the working class is also wrong. People are forced to leave the country and migrate. In Sri Lanka, there has been a jump in milk prices by 250 Sri Lankan rupees in three days.
Milk being sold for two thousand rupees a kg
There is a severe shortage of milk in Sri Lanka. Due to the lack of milk, the prices have increased unusually, and people have to pay about two thousand rupees (1,975 Sri Lankan rupees) for one kg of milk. People are paying Rs 790 to buy 400 grams of milk.
The milk price has increased by Rs 250 only in the last three days, which is continuing. Despite paying such a high price, people are not getting milk. Milk packets are missing from the shops. People say it is easy to find gold in Sri Lanka, but one has to wander for hours for milk. Those who need milk have to make rounds of shops early in the morning. Milk has become a rare luxury item in Sri Lanka.
Acute shortage of rice and sugar
Due to the government’s policies in Sri Lanka, there has also been a severe shortage of rice and sugar. Some time ago, the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government completely banned chemical fertilizers and insisted on 100% organic farming. Due to the government’s decision, agricultural production in the country has reduced drastically. Due to the shortage of rice and sugar, their prices are touching the sky.
Rice and sugar are sold in Sri Lanka for Rs 290 per kg. It is estimated that within a week, the price of rice will be Rs 500. People are apprehensive about their future, and hoarding is also on the rise. The government of Sri Lanka has cancelled examinations in schools due to a lack of paper.
Fuel oil is being available in the presence of the army
The economic crisis has broken Sri Lanka’s back, and there has also been a severe shortage of petroleum products. There are long lines at the country’s petrol pumps to buy expensive oil. The situation can be gauged from three elderly persons
who died in Sri Lanka due to long-standing in the queue.
After this incident, the army was deployed at the petrol pumps. People have to fight for every litre of oil in the presence of army personnel.
Why did Sri Lanka become like this?
There are many reasons responsible for this condition in Sri Lanka. The lack of foreign exchange reserves is the most significant factor for this condition. Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves were $ 7.5 billion three years ago; they fell to $1.58 billion in November last year.
Sri Lanka has enormous debts from China, Japan, India and International Monetary Fund. Still, due to the lack of foreign exchange reserves, it cannot pay even the instalment of its loans.
Sri Lanka is dependent on imports for most of its food grains, petroleum products, medicines etc. But due to the lack of foreign exchange reserves, he cannot even import. Due to this, the condition of the country is getting worse. The country’s power crisis has also deepened, and people have to live in darkness for 7-8 hours a day.