Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says immediate steps will be taken to remove the ban on glyphosate, a widely-used weedicide, to boost the dwindling tea crop.
Dissanayake said that the Cabinet paper seeking the approval for removing the ban would be presented to the cabinet today (20).
The National Economic Council (NEC) led by President Maithripala Sirisena has already decided to remove the ban at least for tea plantation as, it says, there is no direct connection between the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the weedicide glyphosate according to Minister Dissanayake.
Dissanayake said that the ban on glyphosate had already caused the country’s plantation industry a loss in excess of Rs. 20 billion due to weeds and therefore an effective weedicide was promptly needed to prevent further damage.
President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 banned the import of glyphosate as some studies had linked the use of the agrochemical to the Chronic Kidney Disease affecting the Sri Lankan farmers.