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BBC Ignore The Real Reason For Sri Lanka’s Problems

July 20, 2022

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public


Yet more grossly dishonest reporting by the BBC:



Leaves from the lush green tea estates covering the hills of central Sri Lanka end up in cups across the world.

Tea is the island’s biggest export, normally bringing in more than $1bn a year, but the industry is being hard hit by the unprecedented economic crisis.

Most of Sri Lanka’s tea is grown by smaller farmers, like Rohan Tilak Gurusinghe, who owns two acres of land close to the village of Kadugunnawa.

But he’s still reeling from the impact of a sudden, poorly thought-out government decision to ban chemical fertiliser last year.

"I’m losing money," he tells the BBC despondently. "Without fertiliser or fuel, I can’t even think about the future of my business."

The ban, ordered to try to protect the country’s dwindling foreign reserves, was one of a number of disastrous policy decisions implemented by the now-ousted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with agricultural output falling significantly.

It was later reversed, but fertiliser has shot up in price and is still difficult to source, while the government is now unable to afford to import adequate supplies of petrol and diesel.

For farmers like Mr Gurusinghe, reliant on trucks transporting tea leaves from his fields to factories for processing, it means delays which can lead to the leaves drying out and reducing in quality.

"Our leaders are not bothered about providing us with the basic necessities," he tells the BBC.

The ban had nothing at all to “protecting foreign reserves”. Nor is tea industry being hit by the “.economic crisis”

The ban was a deliberate policy decision by the President, as part of his climate change agenda. This was what he had to say at COP26:

Nitrogen is an abundant element that is essential to the sustenance of all living things.

However, reactive nitrogen generated by human activity and released into ecosystems worsens climate change.

Overuse of nitrogen, especially in fertilisers, has adverse impacts on soil, water, air, and human health.

For decades, chronic kidney disease has been a serious issue in Sri Lanka’s agricultural heartland.

The overuse of chemical fertilisers has contributed significantly to this problem.

It is in this context that my Government took firm steps to reduce imports of chemical fertilizer, and strongly encourage organic agriculture.

The inevitable collapse of tea production, and thus exports, subsequently led to the  collapse of Sri Lanka’s currency and the bankrupting of its economy.

The BBC must share responsibility for this disaster because of its continual one-sided misreporting of climate change.

  1. John Hultquist permalink
    July 20, 2022 6:01 pm

    Thanks for pointing this out.
    I wonder where/why/how the “dwindling foreign reserves” idea came from. Maybe responding to pressure from the “Climate Cult” so as not to damage the message.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 21, 2022 7:47 am

      Well if you massively reduce exports of your main foreign exchange earner you’ll get dwindling foreign exchange reserves.

      Somehow the people in charge were convinced that going organic would have no impact on yields. Utterly criminal behaviour by I suspect Western NGOs or activists masquerading as charities.

      • July 21, 2022 9:19 am

        The ecomaniacs will no doubt go after glasshouse growers next, who pump in this dangerous CO2 stuff to raise levels 3-4x, to create the conditions for increased YIELDS.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      July 21, 2022 8:13 am

      Sri Lanka’s very own [ thankfully short lived ] expeience with organic farming Lysenkoism

      • July 21, 2022 9:23 am

        Will it be a lesson to the rest of the world? I doubt it. The ecoists will just say they didn’t do it right.

  2. July 20, 2022 6:03 pm

    Has anyone checked out the President’s “kidney disease” claim?

    • John Hultquist permalink
      July 21, 2022 4:46 pm

      “According to recent estimates from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, more than 50 percent of seniors over the age of 75 are believed to have kidney disease”

      Pres. JB? If you are referring to JB, he is near 80. The incidence appears to be decreasing with more awareness. Reporting is based on 5 stages. The 50% finding seems to be high.

    • Tim Spence permalink
      July 21, 2022 5:37 pm

      I’ve learned that kidney disease is common in certain areas relative to the local water supply. A childhood of dodgy water = an adulthood of kidney problems.

  3. Andrew Harding permalink
    July 20, 2022 6:10 pm

    I remember listening to BBC ‘News’. All they mentioned were the riots, they did not mention the reason for the riots. Yet more inaccurate propaganda, from the British Bull***t Corporation!

    • Beagle permalink
      July 20, 2022 6:29 pm

      Andrew, I seem to recollect they did a so called “fact check” about claims that the banning of nitrogen fertilizer was not the problem as the ban was lifted after a few months. The cause was due to “currency fluctuations”.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        July 21, 2022 7:48 am

        Which is nonsense as the ban was lifted far too late to plant! More lying basically.

  4. July 20, 2022 6:28 pm

    There is a key question about the climate impact of nitrous oxide (N2O), we know it is key because the answer is nowhere to be found.

    What effect on temperature would there be if all anthropogenic sources were removed?

    This effect MUST be tiny, otherwise it would be on the BBC. It is tiny for several reasons, probably the main one being that there is a lot of natural N2O, so most of its greenhouse effect would remain.

    Is it worth causing famines for a negligible climate impact?

    • bobn permalink
      July 20, 2022 11:19 pm

      Lots of N but very little N2O – it falls apart (as does CH4).
      At current atmospheric levels of
      1.8ppm CH4 and 0.32ppm N2O the current theoretical climate
      effects including feedback effects are 0.06 and 0.08 Kelvin respectively.
      Doubling CH4 and N2O would only increase these to 0.07 and 0.11kelvin respectively (due to overlapping IR bands with H2O and CO2).
      While both gases are described as ‘strong greenhouse gases’ their actual impact upon earth temperatures at current concentration levels is actually so small as to be almost unmeasurable.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        July 21, 2022 7:03 am

        Much like CO2, negligable effect.

      • July 21, 2022 9:15 am

        By “strong greenhouse gases” we of course understand that to mean they are IR reactive, spontaneously absorbing *and* re-emitting photons, but not able to ‘trap’ i.e. hold onto them (in an accumulating way – as is oft assumed).

  5. Joe Public permalink
    July 20, 2022 7:28 pm

    This is interesting:

    “In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong
    A nationwide experiment is abandoned after producing only misery.”

    “Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka called off an ill-conceived national experiment in organic agriculture this winter. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised in his 2019 election campaign to transition the country’s farmers to organic agriculture over a period of 10 years. Last April, Rajapaksa’s government made good on that promise, imposing a nationwide ban on the importation and use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and ordering the country’s 2 million farmers to go organic.

    The result was brutal and swift. Against claims that organic methods can produce comparable yields to conventional farming, domestic rice production fell 20 percent in just the first six months. Sri Lanka, long self-sufficient in rice production, has been forced to import $450 million worth of rice even as domestic prices for this staple of the national diet surged by around 50 percent. The ban also devastated the nation’s tea crop, its primary export and source of foreign exchange.

    [My bold]

  6. July 20, 2022 9:34 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the WEF was behind the President’s policy.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 20, 2022 10:41 pm

      Phillip, I was struck by the President’s declaration about the effects of nitrogen. I figured that he must not be a science man and knew little of which he spoke. Therefore, he was persuaded by either superior argument or superior enrichment opportunities to claim the things he said. My guess it was the money. But I wonder who supplied it….WEF??

  7. Jordan permalink
    July 20, 2022 10:47 pm

    “The BBC must share responsibility for this disaster because of its continual one-sided misreporting of climate change.”
    Not to mention depressing our impressionable younger generation. There are many, like Great Doomberg, who passionately believe their future has been taken away from them by the older generation.
    They haven’t quite notice that they have an education system, healthcare systems, opportunities and life expectancy their parents never had. And they haven’t quite noticed how they weren’t sent out into the fields to produce crops as soon as their age got into double digits.
    But they are depressed, thanks to the likes of BBC scaremongering. All they can talk about these days is climate change and their “mentol elf”.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      July 21, 2022 8:32 am

      ..Greta Thunberg is a brainwashed child prophet puppet annointed with her parents connivance cashing in on her infamous ancestor – the greenhouse warming guru Svante Arrhenius …What people are not told is that Svante Arrhenius was a eugenicist and a board member of the Swedish Society for Racial Hygiene who believed electrocuting children would enhance their intelligence .. .Barack Obama’s science czar John Holdren was another eugenicist who adulated Harrison Brown …The green zealots prescriptions for staving off a non existent ‘climate crisis’ will inevitably also lead to needless deprivation and Malthusian eugenics …. We are seeing a foretaste in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 21, 2022 11:44 am

      Interesting that in Australia Jennifer Marohasy and Dr Peter Ridd of sacked by JCU infamy have been taking children to see the alleged dead Great Barrier Reef. They have produced a film that airs soon of what they saw…..and if you think it wasn’t an expanse of bleached dead coral you are barking up the right tree.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      July 21, 2022 6:44 pm

      Jordan if you are into “Death Metal” here is a good example of the genre!

      Scary isn’t she.

  8. July 20, 2022 10:48 pm

    ‘Overuse of chemical fertilizers’ isn’t cured by *no* use of them 🙄

    They need pilot schemes not political grandstanding.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 20, 2022 11:55 pm

    It’s difficult to know what the true reason behind the policy was. They desperately took other measures for the same reason given. It may just be a case of dressing the reasons up differently for different audiences. By also claiming environmental reasons they may have been hoping for a payout from the UN climate pot. They certainly had no cash left to buy fertiliser etc. their debt situation was already desperate.

  10. July 21, 2022 12:22 am

    Is that Secunder Kermani article connected
    to BBC WS prog Thu 14 Jul 2022 “Did organic farming cause Sri Lanka’s collapse?”
    Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
    Producer: Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

  11. July 21, 2022 12:23 am

    BTW “Biden unveils $2.3bn plan to fight climate change”
    That’s a miniscule sum

  12. July 21, 2022 12:36 am

    I don’t know whether to cry or laugh over your “economic analysis” Russia Today beacons …

  13. Phoenix44 permalink
    July 21, 2022 7:44 am

    Sounds like a gullible fool was taken in by the socialist chemophobes. Andxso yet again poor people in developing countries suffer and wealthy Leftists say nothing.

  14. Stephen H permalink
    July 21, 2022 8:45 am

    Sadly it’s hardly news that the BBC is failing to accurately report the reasons behind the collapse of the Sri Lankan economy.
    On R4 I listened to a recent report on the situation of wheat farmers. Not once in the entire program did they mention that the Wheat price has actually fallen below its pre-invasion levels. Is that balanced reporting?
    Furthermore their bias became apparent in an even more insidious manner. It may seem a small thing but a French farmer being interviewed could clearly be heard saying “Je vais perdre…” curiously the translation was “I HAVE lost..” thereby making the situation seem worse than reality which is, of course, always their favoured narrative..

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 21, 2022 2:09 pm

      So no doubt a farmer in the south-west where they favour saying “je vais” over the future perfect! Round me it’s all sunflowers this year, last year it was wheat.

  15. Gerry, England permalink
    July 21, 2022 11:46 am

    And in another example of the consequences of the retards coming home to roost, Australia is running short of gas and the electricity and gas supply are under threat. This from one of largest exporters of gas and coal, and possessing huge amounts of uranium. Takes a special kind of moron to create an energy crisis there.

  16. Ted permalink
    July 21, 2022 1:28 pm

    There is this study on nitrogen and kidney failure.

    But I suspect hunger and poverty through crop yields crashing will have far worse outcomes.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 21, 2022 2:18 pm

      But note the bizarre caveat – they estimated renal function! So you conduct study on renal function that is based on your estimates. Whats the point of that?I can’t see the data so don’t know if the number of people with kidney problems is big or not. Usually it is a Trojan number – start with 143,000 people but only 50 have the problem.

      And exposure is determined by postcode, which is meaningless. That simply tells you where somebody’s postal address is. It does not correlate with exposure. I strongly suspect there will be a strong genetic influence which correlates well with postcodes.

      It’s the usual epidemiological junk.

      • dave permalink
        July 22, 2022 1:02 pm

        I have not read whatever this is about and do not intend to. I am sure, on the sociological principles rigidly ruling our decadent culture, that It is 110% rubbish.

        Increasing incidence of kidney disease is simply a consequence of the increasing incidence of metabolic disease generally in an aging population. Which* is a consequence of modern life, and especially of eating too many carbohydrates.

        Getting rid of nitrogen is what kidneys DO. Working hard is what kidneys DO. You can live on a pure protein diet, for example. The body (liver and kidneys both) simply detaches the excess nitrogen (it is called ‘deamination’) and makes whatever carbohydrates and fats it needs. The nitrogen is lierally pissed away in a very dilute solution in the form of urea.

        In any case, we all have to die of SOMETHING, SOMETIME. Nature does not care about adults who have reproduced. She has her eye on us from the age of forty. Thinks we should be used for spare parts in fungi and bacteria.

        *Living longer but sicker.

  17. Revd Philip John Foster permalink
    July 21, 2022 4:34 pm

    Good article on it by Matt Ridley in Telegraph last Friday.
    The BBC are about to launch a three part ‘documentary’ on the evil fossil fuel industry and climate change ‘denial’. They are going to make out that the late Dr Pat Michaels is the devil incarnate. Conveniently for the BBC they can say what they like about him now that he is dead. They really are wicked.

  18. James McFadden permalink
    July 24, 2022 10:54 am



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