Right now, there have been various reports of current economic crises in Sri Lanka. First off, the people of Sri Lanka have been caught unawares, unable to buy essentials and food items in the wake of a shortage of food products. Rice or sugar, most essentials have been out of reach of people now.

Incidentally, the current situation, if allowed to continue, will create humanitarian issues like droughts and hunger deaths in Sri Lanka. Despite being home to agricultural activities and crop cultivation, Sri Lanka has been pushed into the current economic crisis by various factors from lack of funds to the inefficient government. That apart, natural disasters have always been playing havoc with growth. For example, the 2004 tsunami disasters and the 2004 tsunami-triggered train tragedy in Sri Lanka have been fresh in mind even now - the Tonga volcano eruption being the latest on the world front.

In my native areas like Korkai, Tuticorin, Tiruchendur, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu, rigorous agricultural activities like crop cultivation have been going on for a long time now thanks to water sources, technology, efficient local administration and people’s hard work.

Only such robust agricultural activities will facilitate growth across the board. Unfortunately, this spirit is missing in Sri Lanka now. So the agriculture sector should be given a new lease of life right away through funds, crops and fertilizers. Next, the UN, the world and the Asian community should come forward to help Sri Lanka come out of this crisis soon through proper financial measures.

  1. SENTHIL SARAVANA DURAI,

India.