Mananya pushes farm chemicals ban
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Mananya Thaiset said her ministry and the Public Health Ministry have agreed to push for a ban on paraquat and two other hazardous farm chemicals.
She was talking after Tuesday's meeting with 686 organisations which have been campaigning for the three farm chemicals -- paraquat, glyphosate and chloropyrifos -- to be banned by the end of this year.
She said reports and proposals for alternatives to be submitted to the Industry Ministry will be made carefully so the ban proposals are not rejected as in the past.
"When the Agriculture Ministry's committee [studying the negative impacts from the hazardous farming chemicals] has finished its report and proposals, I will sign my name and forward them to the Industry Ministry immediately," she said.