Sound alarm planters that lack of durability in weedicides strangle the tea plantations of Sri Lanka
In the face of devastating crop losses exceeding an estimated Rs. 15 billion in 2016, the Ceylon (PA) Planters Association issued a statement advocating with the government to immediately provide a rational solution and effective management of the chemical weed in the area of the sector in a commercially feasible manner.
Since the government imposed its general ban on glyphosate-based weed killers in May 2015, agricultural productivity especially in the Farm area has suffered from a slow and steady collapse.
Roshan Rajadurai warned journalists that if the government fails to urgently introduce a replacement chemical that is capable of meeting the commercial viability of glyphosate, the quality and productivity of Sri Lanka tea would be irreversibly compromised by the Deterioration of soil conditions.
"Unfortunately, the situation becomes extremely serious for the real estate industry have already faced some of the worst conditions of recent memory - from drought to floods in a year - and, of course, there are many others Serious systemic problems.
"As we do our best to cooperate with stakeholders and work to build a new collective vision for the industry and we can not ignore the extremely harmful impact of the ban is having on our industry . Time and again we have asked the government to at least give us an alternative to glyphosate and, unfortunately, there has been no response. Meanwhile, firmer ones become excessive weeds and this will only continue unless the government immediately responds to the reason, "said Rajadurai.
He added that the long-integrated weed systems integrated while regional planting companies (RPCs) had adopted and integrated techniques - including biological, cultural, textbooks and chemical techniques - equally if not better than best agricultural practices and planting , Los weed-killers remained a necessity everywhere.
However, given the very stringent controls imposed on Sri Lanka tea, which must strictly comply with the FSC, Rainforest Alliance and ETP standards on practical farming techniques, fertilizers and the use of chemicals, Rajadurai Firmly reiterated the fact that real estate, in the application of these chemicals during all phases of production.
"From an international perspective, Sri Lanka tea is among the most ethically produced tea varieties produced in the world and that goodwill has been secured by an ongoing process of monitoring and managing each stage of production Of our tea Among the many certification requirements and regulatory standards in our export markets we are required to maintain minimum levels of chemical residues within certain absolute limits for the sole purpose of selling our first tea