Import ban on Glyphosate lifted


An Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been issued permitting the importation of Glyphosate.

In 2015, the Ministry of Finance had banned the import of glyphosate.

However, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as Minister of Finance, issued the said communiqué dated 5 August 2022, permitting its import once again.

The Gazette states that the Controller General of Imports and Exports shall issue the Import Control Licence, subject to recommendation of the Registrar of Pesticide for importation of Glyphosate. Glyphosate, a herbicide applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses, was introduced to Sri Lanka in 1977 until it was banned in 2014 with some exceptions for export-oriented floriculture since August 2019.

BY Dilini Madushanki