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Sri Lanka Food Shortages Due To Fertiliser Ban, (Not Putin)

June 24, 2022
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By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public




BBC Newsnight ran a piece a week ago on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which is effectively bankrupt. (13.30 minutes in).

While record energy prices and the pandemic have crippled the economy, the BBC makes a big play of rising food prices. Staple foods have quadrupled in price, and even carrots are regarded as a luxury.

All of this is put at Putin’s door. However, the BBC have failed to mention probably the key factor in food shortages, the government’s ban in April last year on imports of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, in order to encourage organic farming.

The BBC itself reported on this last September, long before the war in Ukraine had any impact:



A farm survey last revealed that farmers expected a fall in harvests of 47% as a result of the ban:





Such a drop in output will obviously lead to massive shortages of food, and rocketing inflation. On top of that, much of the affected output goes for export, such as tea and rubber. This, of course, has damaged Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves, which is root cause of the fuel shortages mentioned in the video.

In the BBC’s vision of the future, oil will be much dearer and in much shorter supply than now, and chemical fertilisers a thing of the past.

Funny Newsnight did not bother to mention that!


The UN published this brief in March, which backs up the earlier reports:








Notice how prices suddenly shot up last September, long before the war in Ukraine.

  1. Malcolm Johnson permalink
    June 24, 2022 4:33 pm

    The secret is to believe NOTHING you hear on the Biased Brainwashing Corporation!

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 24, 2022 5:00 pm

    Sorry to be – only slightly off-topic (bearing in mind that the point of my interrupt bears some reposibilty for the subject of the post) – but…
    I’ve just been browsing the line-up for Glastonbury this weekend and, among the many, many stages there is one called ‘The Speakers Forum’. And on the bill – twice – is Roger Hallam and our old friend Justin Rowlatt BBC (that is how he is listed!). Now there’s a couple of people I would have to be paid to see. They’re even on twice, with others we recognise. Bit no realists. Oh dear.

    • dennisambler permalink
      June 24, 2022 6:27 pm

      Tony Thomas did a typically blunt piece on Hallam and XR here:

      • thecliffclavenoffinance permalink
        June 25, 2022 1:02 pm

        Tony Thomas in the byline is always a must read.
        He’s a great writer.

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      June 25, 2022 6:46 am

      I think that’s very funny (peculiar) as Glastonbury must be one of the eco-UNfreindly places on the planet.
      Heaven help us (and I’m an atheist)

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        June 25, 2022 11:48 am

        The mess ecomentalists leave behind them is staggering.
        On the Countryside March a million people walked through London and tidied it up…

    • A+man+of+no+rank permalink
      June 25, 2022 6:20 pm

      Harry, Greta Thunberg delivered a climate warning at Glastonbury today.

  3. marlene permalink
    June 25, 2022 1:19 am

    “A farm survey last revealed that farmers expected a fall in harvests of 47% as a result of the ban” Which is the reason for the ban in the first place! Enter, fake food, from Gates, and more farm land to buy, by Gates.

  4. W Flood permalink
    June 25, 2022 7:12 am

    For those outside the UK you should know that the BBC is now regarded with distrust by many here. It no longer has a reputation for unbiased balanced journalism. I no longer watch or listen to any BBC news broadcasts. Very sad.

    • thecliffclavenoffinance permalink
      June 25, 2022 1:08 pm

      About 25 years ago I had a British engineering manager here in the US who’d say:
      “Is that true, or did you hear it on the BBC?” to engineers he thought were
      trying to BS him. They didn’t get it. I told him he ought to substitute
      “The New York Times” for “The BBC”, but he kept saying BBC.
      Must have been problems with the BBC 25 years ago.

  5. cookers52 permalink
    June 25, 2022 7:41 am

    I was surprised that the BBC didn’t blame the food shortages on climate change, Justin, Matt etc must be asleep.

  6. June 25, 2022 8:43 am

    Synthetic fertilisers are often made using natural gas, which obviously doesn’t go down well with climate alarmists.

  7. Paul Chambers permalink
    June 25, 2022 9:07 am

    I have noticed quite a few of the masterchef types have been taking paid trips to Sri Lanka to promote their cuisine and organic produce. I appreciate what their state have tried to do but it seems incredibly naive at best on a par with Germany shutting their nukes.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 25, 2022 10:55 am

      What has their state tried to do? Follow some weird semi-fascist neo-Romantic anti-science view of farming combined with insane autarky?

      Sri Lanka is starving people to death based on delusional fantasies.

  8. thecliffclavenoffinance permalink
    June 25, 2022 1:18 pm

    Paul Homewood gets it right again.
    I’ve been following this subject this week.
    Every other article was inferior to this one.

  9. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    June 26, 2022 7:42 am

    Go woke, go broke. Applies to countries, too.

  10. June 28, 2022 6:04 pm

    I thought these comments by Professor Thomas Sowell appropriate for these BBC climate change ‘experts’. ” It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.” And “There have always been ignorant people but they haven’t always had college degrees to make them aware of their ignorance.” And ” Intellect is not wisdom.”

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