Ban on chemical sprays for farms 'will take time'

The use of herbicides and pesticides including Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos has always been controversial.

The Ministry of Public Health's proposal to ban the use of two agricultural chemicals by 2019 has an unrealistic timeframe, says Suwit Chaikiattiyos, chief of the Department of Agriculture.

Mr Suwit said authorities still lack enough information on the health impacts of using these chemicals, which means a ban on using them by then is not likely.

On Monday, the Thai-Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) and alliances said they would demand the government support a Ministry of Public Health proposal to ban the use of the two popular chemicals, the herbicide Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide.

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