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BBC Continue To Lie About Sri Lanka’s Fertiliser Ban

September 27, 2022

By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public



You may recall this story from July, which I covered at the time (my highlights):




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.

As has been well established the claim about “protecting the dwindling foreign reserves” was an outright lie. Instead the ban on chemical fertiliser was brought in to meet climate targets, as Sri Lanka’s President made absolutely clear in his speech 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.

Joe Public filed a complaint with the BBC, who after the usual fobbing off modified the article to read:



  This of course is also an outright lie – there was nothing “ostensible” about it, and the only people I know of who “suspect” otherwise are the lying BBC!

Even the President’s own announcement of the ban in April 21 talks about the impact of nitrogen on health, but makes no mention of saving foreign reserves.

Needless to say the correction is not listed in the on the BBC Complaints website, so not a soul will realise they were lied to in the first place.

The BBC are obviously desperate that the public don’t find out about all of the downsides to their Net Zero agenda.

  1. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 27, 2022 1:17 pm

    Indeed. Why no appraisal of the Labour plan to implement the Boris Net Zero plan on steroids?

    I suspect if they attempted it there would be a plethora of lies and half truths.

  2. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    September 27, 2022 1:49 pm

    Reactive nitrogen is needed for plant growth.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      September 27, 2022 1:51 pm

      As is CO2…

  3. mjr permalink
    September 27, 2022 1:57 pm

    They should use manure. BBC could help here as they produce enough Bullshit to cover the whole of Sri Lanka

  4. Penda100 permalink
    September 27, 2022 2:14 pm

    BBC lies? Isn’t that exactly what you would expect from a propaganda outfit like MiniTrue?

  5. W Flood permalink
    September 27, 2022 3:36 pm

    A dangerously hastily fashion. Are they employing 7 year olds at the BBC?

  6. Gamecock permalink
    September 27, 2022 10:02 pm

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

    [citation needed]

    Define ‘climate change.’

    Explain why ‘climate change’ is bad.

    Provide empirical evidence where it has happened.

    It’s all a big begging the question fallacy. Climate science is fallacies, embraced by people the public trusts.

  7. Sapper2 permalink
    September 28, 2022 6:14 am

    Is there a way to sue the BBC for deliberate lying?

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 29, 2022 11:02 am

      Defunding is the best route but the concern is that in the face of falling income the BBC will plead to be funded from a local tax as happens in some other countries.

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