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Docs urge govt not to lift ban on glyphosate

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday urged the government not to lift the ban on glyphosate.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the present government had imposed the ban on the harmful weedicide on account of the increasing incidence of the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which had become a major health problem in rural Sri Lanka.

Previously, confined to North Central and Uva provinces, it was now prevalent in the Northwestern, Eastern, Southern and Central provinces, and parts of the Northern province, Dr. Aluthge pointed out.

The GMOA spokesman said they would soon seek a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the matter further.

The government about a year ago issued a gazette notification banning the use of the agrochemical Glyphosate.

The gazette notification issued by the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, on June 10, said the import and use of Glyphosate were banned under the Import and Export (Control) Act, No. 01 of 1969.

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