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BANGKOK: The national committee on hazardous substances has rejected a request by a network to support a total ban on the use of three toxic agricultural chemicals, namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in Thailand.


By Bangkok Post

Saturday 16 February 2019, 11:09AM


Activists have targeted three farm chemicals for a total ban, but government says it will take years. In the bullseye are herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the pesticide chlorpyrifos, all of which are popular on Thai farms because of their effectiveness. Main photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill shows farmers spraying crops on a farm in Chachoengsao.

Activists have targeted three farm chemicals for a total ban, but government says it will take years. In the bullseye are herbicides paraquat and glyphosate and the pesticide chlorpyrifos, all of which are popular on Thai farms because of their effectiveness. Main photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill shows farmers spraying crops on a farm in Chachoengsao.

The committee held a special meeting on Thursday (Feb 14) to consider the network’s request, which has also received support from the Public Health Ministry and the Office of the Ombudsman. Last December, the Ombudsman submitted its suggestion to the panel that it should ban paraquat by Jan 1, 2020.

The network, which consists of almost 700 organisations from across the country, says it is mulling whether to appeal to the Central Administrative Court against the decision.

However, the committee meeting chaired by deputy permanent-secretary for industry, Apichin Jotikasthira disagreed with the petition, saying it was only supporting the use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos in farming areas until new substances can replace the chemicals.

Mr Apichin said the panel will evaluate the controlled use of the chemicals every three months to see whether control measures are effective. "We will reconsider the matter in two years in regards to whether we will ban them or not," he said.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will issue regulations on control of the use of the substances, including limiting exports, restrictions on which areas and on which plants they can be used, and which shops will be licensed to sell them.

Mr Apichin said the committee had spent four hours discussing the petition and agreed improper use of any hazardous substances would have impacts on people's health and the environment.

The authorities would have to make sure the direct users of those chemical substances realise how to use them properly, he said.

The Department of Agriculture is the prime state agency that will help provide information on the proper use of the chemical substances.

Prokchol Ousat, coordinator of Thai-PAN, one of the organisations in the network, said she was disappointed with the committee appeared not to care about the people's health and environment.

“The network is considering to appeal to the court,” he said.

 

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Pascale | 18 February 2019 - 17:39:02

Astonishing inability of reading and comprehending.No,it's not defending some careless handling of those chemicals,it's a correction of ones wrong statements and an advice.

Timothy | 17 February 2019 - 09:25:12

53 countries have banned these chemicals. They have been proven to cause cancer. Why would anyone defend their use here? Oh sorry, these two guys defend pretty much everything that is wrong with Thailand. Maybe they have been eating too many veggies sprayed with this stuff. 

Kurt | 16 February 2019 - 16:36:28

...How about supporting the thai departments/people ( with knowledge of the dangers) that want to stop is these dangerous chemicals NOW? Give some positive supports for the children growing up here. A healthier, and poison  free environment. Anything wrong with that thinking?  Think about Thailand's health future

DeKaaskopp | 16 February 2019 - 15:10:43

Maybe best to stop eating, breathing or drinking here.Could be all contaminated.How about relocating?

Pascale | 16 February 2019 - 12:37:36

Looks like someone still didn't do his own research as recommended by me on 14.February when the first article regarding it was published.EU,USA and Australia still using some of those chemicals too.

Kurt | 16 February 2019 - 11:36:10

Hope European Community, Australia, USA, etc. put a immediate ban on thai farming products. Let the thai eat their own poison products. Thailand, hazardous polluted air, rivers, and now (proven!) farming products as well.  And continue to do, despite analyses. And for what? For money/greed. This decision making persons sell their own mother/children if the price is right. Thailand 19th century.

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