Colombo City will run out of food by Sept

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In a startling revelation, Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake warned Colombo City will run out of food in another three months.

While issuing this warning that food stocks will only last till September, Mayor Senanayake said yesterday, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) will start cultivating essential food crops in 600 acres of land within the city shortly.

She also told the Media that CMC is planning to start up an agriculture project to grow crops while residents in the city will be encouraged to grow essential food crops in their home gardens.

“Around 60 per cent of the population in the Colombo City who are low-income earners will be affected by the food shortage. I do not intend to frighten anyone but only want to inform and make people prepared for the impending crisis,” she said.

She said arrangements have been made to open soup kitchens within the city and to provide cash vouchers worth Rs 3,000 for low-income earners.

She said they are currently carrying out a dialogue with the World Food Programme, Global Food and Agriculture Organization and other donor agencies to ensure food security of city dwellers.

She also said the CMC will focus on food wastage that is taking place in the city. “Around 350 MT of food is wasted in Colombo city daily. We want to reduce this so that it will help ensure food security in the city,” the Mayor said.

In addition, the Mayor said many of those who earn a daily income including three-wheeler drivers in the city have lost their livelihood due to the economic crisis.