Sri Lanka crisis has its roots in hastily implemented organic farming mandate

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
July 20 2022 - 8:00pm
TEA-TOTALLED: Sri Lanka's tea industry, an important cash crop for the nation, has been hit hard by a government edict to move into organic farming. Photo: Shutterstock.

THE SRI Lankan government's decision last year to mandate organic farming has been cited by the expat Sri Lankan community and agricultural analysts as a key reason behind the current crisis in the island nation.

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Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is ACM's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his 15 years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector.

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