November 14, 2018

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    Environment friendly substitute for Glyphosate

    July 17, 2018

    The Government has expedited research work towards producing a more environment friendly weedicide to replace the glyphosate chemical. It has also decided to phase out the use of glyphosate which has been permitted in respect of tea and rubber plantations within the next three years and introduce the new environment friendly weedicide found through research, in its place.

    Plantation Industries Ministry Secretary J. A. Ranjith said the ministry had devised a systematic plan to ensure that glyphosate permitted for use in tea and rubber plantations were not released for other agricultural crops in the country.

    “Accordingly a decision had been taken to collect data about the total extent of tea and rubber plantations and the number of applicants involved before issuing the glyphosate chemical to users in the estate sector”, he said. “Although the ban on glyphosate had been lifted on tea and rubber by Gazette Notification dated July 11 distribution had still not taken place”, he said.

    He said distribution would commence on August 15 according to the exact requirement.He said The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation would handle the issuing of glyphosate to large scale tea and rubber estates.

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