The president made a disastrous decision. Then the fields turned brown in one of the world’s most fertile lands.

HAMBANTOTA / COLOMBO (Aftenposten): Organic farming should make Sri Lanka even greener. Instead, the country is on the brink of a famine.

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– Fortunately, we have a small garden spot. There we can grow vegetables for our own consumption. But we have lost all our income.

Sunil Ratthnayake (59) stares down at the teacup and takes a deep sigh. He is the deputy leader of the local branch of the Sri Lankan Peasants’ Union in the Hambantota district, in the far south of the country.

This is known as a particularly fertile area in a particularly fertile land. But in the last year, the crops have not been available.

Why?

Due to a disastrous decision by the country’s president, Gotabaya Rajapakse.

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