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Decision to slowly phase out paraquat met with stiff opposition

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Decision to slowly phase out paraquat met with stiff opposition

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

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CONSUMER PROTECTION activists voiced firm objection to Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach’s proposal to ban the use of paraquat chemical in three years instead of one year.

The Hazardous Substance Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting tomorrow to reconsider the banning of three controversial agricultural chemicals – paraquat, glyphosate, and chlorpyrifos.

However, the BioThai Foundation yesterday disclosed the minister’s text message to his ministry’s senior officials, ordering that the ban on paraquat be implemented on a step-by-step basis so farmers have time to seek an alternative weed-controlling option. 

Credit, Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364015

-- THE NATION 2019-02-13

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