Registrar of Pesticides removed

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 24 2021
News Registrar of Pesticides removed

By Faadhila Thassim 

Registrar of Pesticides Dr. J.A. Sumith was removed from his position with immediate effect over a Gazette Notification issued by him lifting the ban on Glyphosate and other pesticides, Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage said yesterday.

He said disciplinary action will also be taken against Sumith for issuing Gazette No. 2255/5 lifting the ban on Glyphosate, Propanil, Carbaryl, Cholopyrifos and Carbofuran, which were banned in 2014 by way of a Gazette Notification.

According to Gazette No. 1894/4 issued in 2014, the use, offer for sale or sale of the listed pesticides were prohibited within the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Moneragala and within the divisional secretariat divisions of Mahiyanganaya, Rideemaliyadda and Kandaketiya in the Badulla District.

Aluthgamage said that the ban imposed on the said pesticides will thereby continue to be in effect adding that the Gazette issued lifting the ban on the listed pesticides will be revoked. The Ministry Secretary was also instructed to call for an explanation from Sumith in regards to the Gazette.

By Faadhila Thassim | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 24 2021

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