Thai agriculture minister says paraquat cannot be banned now

Agriculture minister says paraquat cannot be banned now

 

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Agriculture Minister Grisada Boonrach said he is ready to ban the use of three dangerous substances namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in agriculture if this is legally permissible.

 

Although the three dangerous chemicals cannot be legally banned now, he, however, said that import of the three chemicals had been substantially cut down to 13,000 tonnes from 50,000-60,000 tonnes and that the use of these chemicals had been limited to certain crops and in certain areas.

 

The minister explained that the three chemicals could not be immediately phased out because many farmers have been using them in their cultivation due to its low cost and effectiveness in pest control.

 

Full story: http://www.thaipbsworld.com/agriculture-minister-says-paraquat-cannot-be-banned-now/

 
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