Tea in­dus­try stake­hold­ers unite to call for lift­ing of glyphosate ban

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LATE CITY -

In a strongly-worded state­ment, Sri Lanka’s tea in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing state-run Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) Chair­man Ro­han Pethiyagoda, called on the pol­i­cy­mak­ers to ur­gently re-eval­u­ate the ar­bi­trary ban im­posed on glyphosate-based weed­i­cides, in light of the over­whelm­ing sci­en­tific con­sen­sus that the sub­stance is not harm­ful to hu­man health, most re­cently con­firmed by the risk as­sess­ment for glyphosate con­ducted by the United States En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA), in De­cem­ber 2017.

“The Sri Lankan plan­ta­tion sec­tor and the tea sec­tor in par­tic­u­lar are be­ing forced to en­dure losses of up to Rs.10-20 bil­lion each year that the glyphosate ban re­mains in place and it is mainly the small­holder plan­ta­tions which are be­ing de­prived of these prof­its as a re­sult of this ex­tremely dam­ag­ing pol­icy. Worse still, there has not been a sin­gle piece of sci­en­tific or fac­tual ev­i­dence pro­duced in Sri Lanka to jus­tify the ban.

This is an un­stain­able po­si­tion and it is clear that it will cause ir­repara­ble harm to our in­dus­try if im­me­di­ate mea­sures are not taken to lift the glyphosate ban. As the cus­to­di­ans of our econ­omy, it is im­per­a­tive that the pol­i­cy­mak­ers base their de­ci­sions on facts and ev­i­dence and the re­al­ity of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is that glyphosate has been banned for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, with­out any con­sid­er­a­tion of the clear and un­de­ni­able ev­i­dence that de­spite be­ing widely used for over a gen­er­a­tion, there has been no proven links to any ill ef­fects to hu­man health,” Pethiyagoda was quoted as say­ing in the state­ment.

Su­nil Po­holiyadde

Ro­han Pethiyagoda

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Sri Lanka

© PressReader. All rights reserved.