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Take holiday to grow food, Sri Lanka tells civil servants

COLOMBO (AFP) – Crisis-hit Sri Lanka is asking civil servants to take an extra day off each week to grow crops in their backyards in a bid to forestall a looming food shortage.

The island nation’s unprecedented economic downturn has left several staple foods in short supply, along with petrol and medicines, and rampant inflation is ravaging household budgets.

“It seems appropriate to grant government officials leave for one working day of the week and provide them with the necessary facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards,” a Cabinet statement said on Tuesday.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin