Activists brace for new war on agri-chemicals

THE CALLS for a ban on the use of paraquat and two other farm chemicals seen as dangerous are growing louder again, as a government-appointed panel is set to discuss the issue at its first meeting tomorrow. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha set up the panel in June to explore solutions to the problem of farm chemicals with high risks, after loud protests from environmentalists and activists who were frustrated that the Hazardous Substance Committee (HSC) had failed to ban paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. Deputy Prime Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana chairs the panel.

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