A labourer works at a tea plantation in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. The country’s organic farming revolution is threatening its prized tea industry, growers say. Photo: AFP
A labourer works at a tea plantation in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. The country’s organic farming revolution is threatening its prized tea industry, growers say. Photo: AFP

The organic farming revolution that may kill Sri Lanka’s tea industry and threatens its rice, pepper and cinnamon crops, according to growers

  • Aiming to be the world’s first 100 per cent organic food producer, Sri Lanka has banned chemical fertilisers. That could cause a crop disaster, critics say
  • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the ban will stop people being poisoned and improve nutrition and food security. Experts say the opposite is likely

A labourer works at a tea plantation in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. The country’s organic farming revolution is threatening its prized tea industry, growers say. Photo: AFP
A labourer works at a tea plantation in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. The country’s organic farming revolution is threatening its prized tea industry, growers say. Photo: AFP
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