Glyphosate for all agriculture sectorsView(s):
In all agriculture sectors, the use of glyphosate, for which it is recommended, was approved this week, ending a three-year limitation of the herbicide to tea and rubber plantations.
A gazette was issued on Thursday by the Registrar of Pesticides, announcing the change. In August, the Finance Ministry lifted with immediate effect the import ban on glyphosate, subject to licence controls.
This week’s amendment will allow the use of the herbicide across sectors, without restricting it to tea and rubber, as it had been since October 2018.
Glyphosate was first banned in 2015 without introducing an alternative or allowing for a transition. But the rule was waived three years later for tea and rubber. The then Government said Sri Lanka’s tea was in danger of being prohibited in Japan due to the use of a glyphosate alternative.
Since then, there was a concerted effort by other cultivation sectors to allow glyphosate more broadly. It is also commonly used in coconut and sugar cane plantations.
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