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Postpone ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos, urges TCC

Apr 28. 2020
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By The Nation

The Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) has called on the Industry Ministry to postpone the ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos from June 1 to December 31 as the June deadline "will affect plantations and livestock".

TCC chairman Kalin Sarasin said the ban lacks clear details and several entrepreneurs were unprepared to cope with the sudden change, while others still have to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The National Hazardous Substances Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting on April 30 to discuss the matter and if the postponement was not considered, imports would be affected by the residual substance index, which must be zero.

Also, ingredients for processed food such as soybean, wheat, coffee and cocoa will bear the brunt since these are widely used in plantations and have to meet international standards, he said.

Thailand will experience a shortage of ingredients for production and could later face a food crisis, which no one wants during this pandemic, Kalin warned.

“[Deputy Prime Minister] Somkid Jatusripitak has promised to discuss the issue with [Industry Minister] Suriya Juangroongruangkit,” he added.

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