Scientists welcome glypohsate ban
But stocks sufficient for 15 yrs already imported


By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Local agrochemical company will be prohibited from importing herbicide glyphosate with effect from June 11. A special gazette notification signed by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka was issued on June 11 to that effect.

Describing the ban as a victory for the people, Kidney Disease Research Scientist Dr. Channa Jayasumana told The Island that leading agrochemical companies were controlling Sri Lanka’s agriculture by making farmers dependent on harmful agrochemicals.

Two containers pending clearance from the Sri Lanka Customs were sent to the country of origin following the ban.

Fifteen containers imported last month just as President Sirisena announced the ban, however were mysteriously cleared overnight. It is speculated that the sudden resignation of the previous Director General of Customs Jagath Wijeweera was in protest against the toxic consignments’ release among other matters. That consignment is said to be enough to last 15 years going by the country’s use of that toxic agrochemical in the past.

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