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Kohila consumption increased by 40% due to economic crisis!

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A research report released by the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute yesterday (29) said the consumption of Kohila (Lasia stalk) in Sri Lanka has increased by 40 percent during the height of the economic crisis in 2022. 

The report titled ‘Economic Crisis and Household Food Security in Sri Lanka- 2022’ of the research conducted over the economic crisis in Sri Lanka has revealed the impact on the food consumption pattern of the people of the country due to the crisis.

Food inflation in Sri Lanka rose to 95 per cent during the period from September 2021 to the end of 2022.

The report showed that the demand for Kohila increased up to 45 per cent during the economic crisis and most of the people have used any vegetable available in their surroundings for food.

In comparison, consumption of beans has decreased by 30 percent, carrots by 29 percent, pumpkin by 27 percent, eggplant by 27 percent, and green vegetables by 10 percent.

When considering the nutritional values, 25 percent in urban areas, three percent in rural areas and seven percent in the plantation sector have not received protein-rich foods. Meanwhile, 66 percent in urban areas, 46 percent in rural areas and 41 percent in the plantation sector experienced shortages of foods with vitamin A. 

The survey report said that 56 percent of the population did not receive any food containing heme iron, and 78 percent of the plantation sector did not consume meat and fish containing heme iron.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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