While condemning the government’s decision to lift the ban on the Glyphosate weedicide for the tea and rubber industries, Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera today said this decision was illegal.
Rathana Thera told Daily Mirror that the related authorities had taken this decision without going through an accurate procedure and added that the decision had been made without the gathering of the committee to probe into this matter.
“Accordingly, the authorities cannot lift the ban on the Glyphosate for tea and rubber industries in such a manner. It is unlawful. We will take actions with this regard,” the Thera said.
However, Rathana Thera has taken initiative in banning the use of Glyphosate in Sri Lanka for the past several years.
Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake today told a news conference that it was decided to lift the ban on Glyphosate for tea and rubber industries and added that discussions were held with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with this regard.
Minister Dissanayake said Cabinet approval would seek on lifting the Glyphosate ban on these specific industries during the next week.
However, Glyphosate ban on other cultivations including paddy will be continued. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
Is tbis a real theraor fake thera?.he is not doing any buddhist activities but engage with other things not related to.buddhism.
Gamarala Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:56 AM
This Thera is correct to bring this to all those who are concerned about our tea exports. Already a University in the USA stated that they found this chemical on tea exported from Sri Lanka. We should all support him in his endeavour to ban the use of this chemical on tea plantations .
concern Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:11 PM
If he has solid proof with evidence from reputable establishment then he could object.
Gamarala Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:51 AM
concern: Read the report from Gannon University - Morosky College of sciences in the USA about the residual glysophate chemical residue found in tea exported from Sri Lanka.
Ceylon Thursday, 03 May 2018 08:54 PM
Without chemicals cant grow tea or coffee or even rice.insects destroy cultivations.these chemicaks use to destroy them and save the plants.all foods have chemicals.