Organic Farmers Oppose Herb Regulation
12 February 2009
A group of organic farmers and their supporters have expressed discontent with the listing of 13 herbs as hazardous substances under the 1992 Hazardous Substances Act by the Industry Ministry, which took effect on 3 February, and demand the Ministry revoke its decision. The Ministry’s regulation requires that growers, producers, importers and exporters of pesticides, herbicides, and plant disease control substances comprised of the 13 herbal plants abide by the quality control and safety regulations set forth. Violators face a jail term of six months and/or a fine of 50,000 baht.
The 13 herbs are widely used by farmers as pesticides as they are reportedly cheaper and safer than the chemical pesticides produced by chemical companies.
Some farmers oppose the new regulation as they are of the opinion that the regulation supports chemical companies and restricts their use of herbicides and pesticides.