Oman al­ready glyphosate free even as is­sue is hotly con­tested in EU

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Zain al Tauqi

EU cit­i­zens gath­ered over one mil­lion sig­na­tures in an ef­fort to get the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to ban glyphosate, the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent used in some her­bi­cides. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion of­fi­cially re­ceived the pe­ti­tion on Oc­to­ber 6. The con­tro­ver­sial in­gre­di­ent has been banned in the GCC since last year.

Eng Saleh al Abri, di­rec­tor gen­eral of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (MoAF), said, “Glyphosate hasn't been avail­able in Oman since 2016.”

About the most widely known glyphosate con­tain­ing her­bi­cide, Mon­santo's Roundup, Eng Abri said, “Roundup is sus­pended for use in Oman since IARC (In­ter- na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer) added the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent to their banned list.

“This ac­tive in­gre­di­ent has been banned through­out the GCC since last year. In Oman, the last im­port per­mit was is­sued in 2015. There are some al­ter­na­tives, such as Glu­fos­i­nate am­mo­nium salt, Di­quat Di­bro­mide, Pi­clo­ram and Propy­za­mide, ap­proved by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.”

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