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Agrochemical giants import ‘deadlier’ herbicides - Dr. Channa Jayasumana

Although the government banned glyphosate imports as part of its efforts to eradicate the chronic kidney disease from the country’s dry zone, fertilizer industrialists and agrochemical giants are importing other herbicides and pesticides, which are ten times higher in toxicity than glyphosate, Pharmacology lecturer at Faculty of Medicine, Rajarata University in Anuradhapura, Dr. Channa Sudath Jayasumana said yesterday.

He said the chronic kidney disease (CKD) has taken more than 23 800 lives in the country’s North Central regions. The disease is wildly out of control in Rajarata and other agricultural regions in the dry zone with over 69,000 patients.

Dr. Jayasumana was speaking at a Pujpahara ceremony held at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya at Colombo 7 Sunday. He made theses observations on the situation of the kidney disease in the country after he had handed over a book titled “Wakugadu Satana” (“The Kidney Battle” ) to Mahanauyaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thera.

He said the government had to take measures to eradicate CKD on a firm footing and added the cause of the disease is agrochemicals. Multinational companies are importing high toxic herbicides and pesticides.

President Maithripala Sirisena banned the importation of one of the world’s most used herbicides, Glyphosate following the results of Dr. Jyasumana-led studies on CKD in the dry zone, CKD-related public demonstrations and World Health Organisation announcements relating to the subject.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe promised in their election rallies that they will take measures to find a permanent solution to the CKD issue. 

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