S.Lanka says at least 35 pct of rice crop destroyed

Published on 08 February 2011

Two rounds of flooding in Sri Lanka since January have destroyed at least 35 percent of the staple rice crop, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday, raising the risk of food price inflation. (..) Sri Lanka plans to replant as quickly as possible, and after the first wave of floods in January sought World Food Programme assistance to acquire more fast-growing seed stocks.

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