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Sri Lanka seeks emergency fertiliser from Pakistan as supplies run low

The Sri Lankan government has sought an emergency supply of fertiliser from Pakistan after farmers raised concerns of supplies running out. 

The government's news portal reported that the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena "immediately contacted Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi" requesting assistance. 

Mr Abbasi has pledged 41,000 metric tons of fertiliser for immediate delivery, with 75,000 metric tons in the near future. 

In July, the Sri Lankan government sought an emergency supply of rice from India, Pakistan and Myanmar after rice stocks were found to be very low.