Glyphosate to be banned in Sri Lanka

2014-03-12 08:29:28

The use of the weedicide Glyphosate has been banned on a directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister S.M. Chandrasena said. He said this weedicide is known to be linked to the rapidly spreading kidney disease in Sri Lanka.

“An investigation carried out by medical specialists and scientists have revealed that kidney disease was mainly caused by Glysophate. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the immediate removal of Glyphosate from the local market soon after he was told of the contents of the report,” the Special Project Minister and Deputy Minister of Economic Development said.

He said the North-Central Province had some 25,000 patients suffering from kidney ailments and that the ministry would use all possible means to fight the disease by providing them with funds to meet their medical expenses and supply them with clean drinking water. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 5

  • C P SILVA Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:55

    too late

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    gihan Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:44

    [quote name="C P SILVA"]too late[/quote]
    at least they banned it

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    Tintin Wednesday, 12 March 2014 22:35

    Better late than never. Increased levels of Glyphosate in water systems and food cycles are linked to many other ailments in humans, including ADHD ( Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) .

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    Erantha Wednesday, 12 March 2014 23:08

    This is the last weedicide left the market after banning all others. The reason is improper use of th weedicide. The sprayer should cover themselves properly, otherwise any chemical will be harmful. Banning will effect all small planters who cannot afford to pay high labour charges to clear their weeds.

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    fawzi Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:04

    Better late than never

    Reply : 0       0

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