Sri Lanka farmers protest – level 2

16-11-2021 07:00

In May this year, the Sri Lankan government decided that farmers could not use chemical fertilizers. The reason was that the country wanted to be friendlier to the natural world.

Sri Lanka wanted to have agriculture that would be 100% organic. It meant that farmers would use no chemicals at all. Then it brought many problems, and thousands of farmers protested. Recently, it was time to start planting rice, but some farmers could not do it, and they waited for the government’s help, which did not come.

Almost two thirds of people in Sri Lanka work in or need agriculture, and many farmers believe that people will not have enough food. Officials said that the move towards organic farming would not be easy, but most people agreed that it was important.

Difficult words: fertilizer (a substance which people put in the ground to make plants grow better), agriculture (growing plants and keeping animals for food), organic (something that comes from the natural world).

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