The Best Solution to Hunger: Beans and Other Legumes
Posted on September 26th, 2022

Dilrook Kannangara

Many nations including Sri Lanka face a hunger problem. Instead of looking for easy ways out, blaming this and that and finding faults with everything suggested, nothing much happens in Sri Lanka.

Various types of beans grow in all parts of the island. Beans can be grown in a small garden. Almost all households in rural areas can grow beans and other legumes. They are easy to cook, high in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins and currently have few pests. Unlike readily edible crops, beans do not attract thieves. Legumes extract nitrogen from the air which enriches the soil.

Instead of trying to promote everything, the government should launch a low-cost campaign to promote the growing of various types of beans and legumes around the island as a solution to hunger. What’s more interesting is that garden produce are not affected by inflation which is set to rise to unprecedented levels when higher VAT and other taxes kick in soon.

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