Banned toxic chemicals freely available

By Don Asoka Wijewardena 

Five harmful agrochemicals such as Chlorpyrifos, Carparji, Proparji, Carbofuran and Glyphosate banned for sale, distribution and import by a special gazette notification in 2014 December in worst chronic kidney disease affected areas were freely available in areas such as the Moneragala and Kurunegala districts, CKD Research Scientist Dr. Channa Jayasumana said yesterday.

Dr. Jayasumana said that as the urine tests done on most kidney patients had revealed that the residues of the five kinds of agrochemicals in them. His team had suggested to the government to ban such agrochemicals in North Central Province and Moneragala and Kurunegala districts. The ban had been implemented but it had not had the desired impact, he said.

The onus was on the new government to enforce the ban of such deadly agrochemicals and take stringent action against the agrochemical companies and Pesticides Technical Advisory Committee for not carrying out the government orders already issued, Dr. Jayasumana said.

 Registrar Pesticides Dr. Anura Wijesekare, contacted for comment, said that following the gazette notification issued in December 2014 he had officially instructed all agrochemical companies to strictly adhere to the new regulations. He would instruct his authorised officers to check whether the banned agrochemicals were freely available in the areas concerned. The authorised officers had also been empowered to seize the chemical stocks still available in the market in violation of the law, he said.

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