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Farmers must return banned agri-chemicals by August 29

By THE NATION

 

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The ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos will take effect on June 1 and farmers must return the banned agri-chemicals in their possession to sellers within 90 days, Government Deputy Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Saturday (May 30).

 

 

“The Ministry of Industry published the list of banned toxic chemicals [sixth edition] in the Royal Gazette on May 19 to be effective from June 1,” she said. “The list includes five agri-chemicals based on paraquat and chlorpyrifos, such as chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, paraquat, paraquat dichloride and paraquat dichloride [bis methyl sulfate].”

 

“Those who have stocks of these chemicals must return them to the sellers within 90 days, or before August 29,” she said. “Sellers must accept the chemicals and submit them, as well as possession information to the Department of Agriculture within 120 days of the ban coming into effect, or before September 28.

 

“The government approved the ban on toxic chemicals because it is concerned about the health and safety of users and consumers as well as the effect on the environment,” added Traisulee. “The ban is a result of a thorough study and approvals from several related agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Industry, National Hazardous Substances Committee and many agricultural communities.”

 

“The Department of Agriculture has already prepared safer substances to substitute these toxic chemicals as well as natural alternatives to deal with agricultural pests to minimise the impact of the ban on farmers,” she added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388805

 

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Sorley mister, no Hab now. 

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42 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

Farmers have been stocking up in our area for months now in anticipation of this ban. To think they will give it all back now is laughable.

Well  I'm not,must have enough to contaminate the world in my store room.

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos will take effect on June 1 and farmers must return the banned agri-chemicals in their possession to sellers within 90 days

Never going to happen.  A couple of hundred baht to the right person who will turn a blind eye.

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Am happy to give back the pile of empty old chemi drums round the back of shed.

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Traisulee should up her game to make this ban effective. No 90 day leeway - what's the point? - and non-compliance would be met by regular enforcement visits to major producers, and heavy fines and/or prison sentences imposed.  

 

Otherwise, it's all pie in the sky rhetoric, just like the ongoing countrywide pollution that's never resolved.   

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Farmers may not have a good education but they are plenty smart not to give back these needed chemical EVER....

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8 hours ago, LeamchabangLarry said:

man I thought paraquat was banned in the 80's.  Thailand is just now doing this?

It is widely known to be 40/50 years behind everyone else.

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So Roundup is still acceptable. 😡

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1 hour ago, sevenhills said:

So Roundup is still acceptable. 😡

Isn't the danger of roundup with those applying it without protective gear on?  

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11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

“The Department of Agriculture has already prepared safer substances to substitute these toxic chemicals as well as natural alternatives to deal with agricultural pests to minimise the impact of the ban on farmers,” she added.

Name them then?

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It is probably a given that not a lot will be returned.

That which is not will not last long because of the habitual overkill in mix levels.

If there really are safer alternatives available then an exchange proposition might have been more effective.

But at least it has finally happened.

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