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Glyphosate ban lifted for tea and rubber

The ban which was imposed on the herbicide Glyphosate has been lifted for tea and rubber with effect from today (May 2), Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.

The Cabinet last week decided to appoint an experts’ committee to decide on the usage of the banned agrochemical.

The committee was to be represented by specialist and intellectuals from fields such as health, agriculture and plantation industries while Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Navin Dissanayake, Duminda Dissanayake and MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero served as observers.

The committee was taken after two cabinet papers from the Agricultural Ministry and the Plantation Industries Ministry were taken up for discussion at the Cabinet meeting on March 27.

President Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 banned the imports of glyphosate as some studies have linked the use of the agrochemical to the Chronic Kidney Disease affecting the Sri Lankan farmers.

However, it was recently reported that the government was considering relaxing the ban on the glyphosate, a widely-used weedicide, to boost the dwindling tea crop.

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