Jul 11, 2017

Farmers prepare for a fast unto death

The Progressive Farmers' Federation has warned that they would commence island wide fast unto death campaigns if the government commences the import of Glyphosate insecticide.

The Farmers’ Federation President, Kaudulle Jayatissa, pointed out that even the WHO had confirmed that the main cause for the rapid spread of kidney diseases in the agricultural areas was the use of this insecticide.

Therefore the distribution of this insecticide among farmers was terminated through a gazette notification on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.

However, he said at a media briefing today that some estate companies are attempting to import this pesticide again despite it being banned.