Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says in view of the threat of a food shortage, a food security programme is being compiled by officials of the Department of Agriculture.
This programme will be unveiled next month, with the UNDP expressing their support for the initiative.
The Premier today held discussions with the country representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation Vimlendra Sharan, and United Nations Development Programme Deputy Country Representative Malin Herwig regarding the current food situation in the country.
The Prime Minister said the biggest issue currently facing the agriculture sector is the fertiliser and fuel shortage.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe added he is focused on trying to establish and overcome a potential food shortage.
The UNDP meanwhile explained that they are compiling an innovative farming assistance programme which will assist the farming community overcome the fertiliser shortage.
The FAO also explained that donors have come forward to assist the country in the urban agriculture programme, and is hopeful that a successful implementation would see more financial support provided.
The FAO also stated that they were drafting a food crisis response plan that can be enacted in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister added within 5-6 months the current agriculture shortages could be salvaged if swift action is taken to address the shortages faced by the farmers.