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Lanka says no to banned pesticides

by Florence Wickramage

Pesticides banned worldwide on human, health and environmental concerns are already banned in Sri Lanka, Agriculture, Health Director Dr. S. L. Weerasena told the Daily News yesterday. Sri Lanka is fully enforcing the Rotterdam Convention on Prior-Informed Consent Procedure for pesticides.

This prevents the importation of banned pesticides in the country of origin without the local authority's prior consent, he said.

Dr. Weerasena said there are certain instances where Sri Lanka has pioneered worldwide in banning some products such as endofultan and highly hazardous chemicals classified by the World Health Organisation.

Dr. Weerasena said the entire life-cycle of pesticides in Sri Lanka is regulated by the enforcement of the Control of Pesticide Act No. 33 of 1980 in force for more than two decades.

This includes regulation of imports, labelling, transport and sale etc through a rigorous technical evaluation process for registration of pesticides.

Sri Lanka is also a party to number of international conventions and other regulatory instruments relating to pesticides.

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