Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has seized a consignment of banned agricultural weedicide glyphosate, illegally imported to the island. The stock of glyphosate had been smuggled into the country under the guise of importing broken rice.
Officials of the Central Cargo Examination Directorate of Customs during an inspection seized 2,820 kilograms of glyphosate powder packed similar to rice packings and hidden among bags of rice.
The glyphosate stock has been imported from Tuticorin, India by a food commodity importer in Pettah. The stock is valued at Rs. 3.22 million, according to the Customs Media Spokesperson Deputy Director Sunil Jayaratne.
The officials have also found 21,850 kilograms of broken rice, valued at Rs. 1.34 million in the container that has brought glyphosate.
Glyphosate has been declared as a prohibited agrochemical in a special gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Finance On 11th June 2015.