Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka introduces strict laws on pesticide sales
Mon, Feb 4, 2013, 11:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to introduce stringent new laws to control the usage of pesticides and chemical fertilizer as the indiscriminate usage of agrochemicals is considered as a major cause for high incidents of kidney disease among farmers.

Under the new laws, selling these chemicals to minors will be totally banned. Currently pesticides and chemical fertilizer are easily available to children.

Permits to issue pesticides and chemical fertilizer will be granted only to cultivators and it will be compulsory to issue instructions on the usage in all three languages.

The new laws will make it mandatory for the farmers and other users of these chemicals to exactly follow safety guidelines as neglecting safety guidelines has caused illnesses and in some cases deaths.

According to health reports, around 10,000 people are hospitalized and around 2,000 die annually due to the improper handling of pesticides and chemical fertilizer.

Authorities say although farmers have been advised to use agrochemicals in the mornings and evenings the products are also used during windy times.

Inferior quality of these products is another cause for adverse effects and the government plans to monitor the quality closely.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
U.S. Navy submarine tender to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow
-- [25 minutes ago]
Two Sri Lankan students participate in the CERN Summer Student Programme for the first time
-- [7 hours ago]
Commercial Bank declared the 'Strongest Bank' in Sri Lanka
-- [7 hours ago]
LeJ terrorists involved in the attack on Sri Lanka cricket team killed
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Teachers union blames administration for teacher shortage
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka peace NGO says OMP is a part of a larger process of transitional justice
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lankan PM reveals how Tourist Board funds were used for polls in Uva by previous regime
Peace walk from North to the deep South in Sri Lanka to build reconciliation
Trade agreements needed for Sri Lanka's economic survival - official
Wild elephant attack kills two including child in Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.