CropLife Asia Pushes Back Against Thailand’s Glyphosate Ban

With Thailand set to ban paraquat, chlorpyrifos, and glyphosate beginning Dec. 1, CropLife Asia, a trade group representing pesticide firms, urged Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to delay the ban because of the potential disruption to the agriculture sector, according to an article from the Genetic Literacy Project.

The move will be a shock for farmers growing crops such as rubber, rice, sugarcane and fruit because of a lack of alternatives, and the government should at least allow for a transition period, said Tan Siang Hee, executive director of Singapore-based CropLife Asia.

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In a letter to Prayuth, CropLife Asia said the planned prohibition could increase weed control costs to more than 8.1 billion baht ($268 million) and lead to a loss of yield worth over 13.5 billion baht. Read the full article here.