The Government says there are ample essential goods to last till April 2020, and there will be no food shortage in Sri Lanka in the near future.
Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the Government had taken measures to store extra essential goods in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated in April.
He further said that Sri Lanka, which was dependent on imports for most essential goods, will not be affected despite a lockdown in various countries world over due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.
The Government is taking necessary steps to improve the Agriculture sector and revive lands that were previously used for the cultivation of vegetables, in order to make Sri Lanka self- sufficient in the future, he said.
The Minister however pointed out that Sri Lanka will not be able to cultivate certain products, such as lentils, chickpeas and salmon, due to some logistical and climate issues. (Colombo Gazette)