Thailand’s deputy Agriculture Minister has announced the ban the use of three toxic farming chemicals as of December. A decision that could end the months-long controversial issue.
Representatives of the government, farmers and consumers have unanimously voted to ban the use of three toxic farming chemicals, Deputy Minister Mananya Thaiset told Thai Media.
Thailand will ban three toxic chemicals — paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos — starting Dec 1, 2019.
From that date, it will be illegal to have, sell, import or produce the substances.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had ordered the setup of the working group with members from the government and the private sector, as well as farmers and consumers, to hear opinions on the future of the three chemicals.
However, representatives from the farm chemicals businesses did not attend the meeting.
The landmark decision will be forwarded to Gen Prayut for approval. The National Hazardous Substances Committee will then formalize the end of the three toxic farming chemicals. The committee will meet on Oct 27.
The unanimous decision followed the Democrat Party’s declaration of support despite Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Sri-on’s reluctance earlier.
Mr Chalermchai, who is secretary-general of the Democrat Party, said he supported the ban and deputy party leader Prinn Panitchpakdi confirmed the party’s stance of wanting to see them banned on the same day that the working group held the meeting.
Source: Bangkok Post