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Experts issue warning as farm chemical imports double

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The government should curb the use of agricultural chemicals after imports hit a seven-year high in 2011, a non-profit community rights group says. 

Thailand imported more than 160,000 tonnes of agricultural chemicals, worth up to 22 billion baht, last year _ more than double the 2005 figure when the country imported 78,000 tonnes of farm chemicals, the group said, citing Agriculture Department records.

This year, nearly 120,000 tonnes of farm chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, were imported from January to September, Witoon Lianchamroon, director of the Biodiversity and Community Rights Action Thailand (Biothai), a Bangkok-based non-profit organisation promoting alternative agriculture, said.

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