By Apsara Perera
As an island nation, Sri Lankans are rather attached to their pol. It is a given that coconuts play a large role in our lives, after all, coconut trees are a common enough site in Sri Lanka and their value is priceless to the Sri Lankan way of life – think of any event that does not have a coconut or some part of the tree playing a role, however minor, in it and you will realize that it is next to impossible to come up with an answer to that one.
The effect of climate change on crops has oft been talked about. Sri Lankans being so close to the equator, face its own list of challenges which, not surprisingly, also has a negative impact on one of the country’s oldest key exports – coconuts.