The government is yet to give a concrete decision with regard to whether or not they would lift the ban on the agrochemical glyphosate for use in upcountry estates following a request made by Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake and Crop Life Sri Lanka.

Lecturer-in-Charge of the Department of Pharmacology of the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University, Dr. Channa Jayasumana said that Dissanayake and Crop Life Sri Lanka had recently met with Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and requested that the ban on the weedicide be removed so it could be used only in the hill country estate sector.

Dr. Jayasumana had  subsequently spoken to Minister of Rural Economic Affairs P. Harrison in this regard early this week. “A final decision has not been made yet as President Maithripala Sirisena is presently overseas. However, it looks as if the ban would not be lifted,” he opined.