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Drought drives 42 percent crash in crop production in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An 11-month drought, considered by experts to be the worst in recent history, has forced sharp increases in food prices in Sri Lanka – and the worst may be yet to come, according to recent updates.

Rice, the island’s staple food, has seen double digit price hikes in all varieties compared to a year ago. Some of the more popular varieties such as Samba have recorded price increases of 30 percent compared to a year back, according to government statistics.

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