Sri Lanka's Farmers Struggle to Feed the Country---and Themselves

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Shan Li and Philip Wen | Photographs by Deepti Asthana for The Wall Street Journal

GALENBINDUNUWEWA, Sri Lanka—For more than half a century, Pahatha Mellange Jayaappu has tilled the field on his modest farm in Sri Lanka’s agricultural heartland, unswayed by recurrent political and economic turmoil.

Now the 71-year-old is just trying to eke out enough of a harvest to feed his family after an abrupt ban on chemical fertilizers last year devastated his crops. He says he has given up on planting for profit.


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