LNP – Agri, industrial sectors grow in 1H of 2021
Though key commercial crops had a robust first quarter, we expect 2Q sector performance to be more-or-less mixed as the country went into an island-wide lockdown in the face of a rising third wave of Corona infections impeding the entire agricultural value chain. In addition, we believe fisheries subsector output may have plummeted sharply as it was badly affected by the X-Press Pearly disaster.
Meanwhile, the Industrial sector grew by 5.5% in 1Q 2021, recovering from a 7.9% contraction in 1Q 2020. Most subsectors expanded but the recovery was uneven, with a contribution to the output growth mainly coming from the manufacturing of food & beverages (28% of the change in output), textile & apparel (22.7%), and construction sectors (13.7%).
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Sri Lanka has to do take into account the trade gap plus a export led economy is the only way forward