Ban on five toxic chemicals effective from next week


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

JHU MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thera yesterday said that President Maithripala Sirisena had appointed a committee headed by him to explore ways and means of preventing the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and it had recommended banning five kinds of kidney toxic chemicals and the ban would be gazetted next week.

Ven. Rathana told The Island that the Committee for the Prevention of Kidney Disease had devised an effective plan to carefully monitor the spread of CKD all over the country apart from the North Central Province, where the problem was acute. The CKD was endemic in several provinces as farmers, especially paddy farmers and tea planters had been using five kinds of deadly toxic chemicals, including glyphosate.

The JHU monk pointed out that multinational agrochemical companies’ sole intention was profit maximization. In order to facilitate the uninhibited use of their chemicals in paddy, tea and other crops those companies were hiring government officials to work in favour of them and they were being rewarded for such anti-national acts.

Asked whether the Cabinet would issue a special gazette notification to ban the five kinds of chemicals on sale. Ven. Rathana said that it was not necessary to submit a Cabinet paper to impose that ban The Agriculture Minister had been vested with powers to issue a special gazette notification to that effect, he said. On the orders of the Agriculture Minister the Registrar of Pesticides Dr. Anura Wijesekera would issue gazette notification banning five kidney toxic chemicals next week, according to Ven. Rathana Thera.


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