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The sound planters alarm that the lack of weedicides strangles the tea plantations: crop loss after banning glyphosate at the top Rs. 15 billion

The Association of Planters of Ceylon (PA) has asked the government to provide immediate and rational and effective management of chemical weed control in the field of commercially viable solutions.

This is due to the devastating crop losses above an estimated Rs. 15 billion in 2016, the Association said. Since the government imposed its general ban on glyphosate-based weed killers in May 2015, agricultural productivity, particularly in real estate, has suffered a slow and steady decline.

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 are overflowing with 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 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 just to sell our first tea. "Hence the idea that Glyphosate-based herbicides should be totally banned in Sri Lanka in order to protect people who are in close contact with the chemical frankly has little or no relevance in our industry. While chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a problem, there is no evidence, even anecdotal, to show that these chemicals have negative ramifications on health for our employees. In fact on the issue of weedicide there is a totally unanimous RPC agreement between the unions and all stakeholders and what in itself should be enough evidence to re-examine this policy immediately, "he said.

Rajadurai explained how the immediate effects of government policy to ban glyphosate-based weed killers and its inability to offer any alternative was ultimately felt by agricultural workers who were supposedly created to benefit from them.

 
 

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