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Thailand: Deputy PM Anutin backs spray ban

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, on Thursday voiced his strong support for a ban on toxic herbicides paraquat, glyphosate, and chlorpyrifos -- a stance shared by the Agriculture and Cooperatives and Industry ministries.

Mr Anutin expressed his backing for the ban after Thursday's meeting of the committee responsible for controlling occupational and environmental diseases.

The committee, which was set up under the new law governing the control of these diseases, came into effect on Thursday and comes as government support for a ban at ministry level is building.

The law is aimed at boosting protection and welfare for formal and non-formal workers.

When asked if the new law covers the use of toxic chemicals in the agricultural sector, Mr Anutin said the law is designed to prevent dangers from all kinds of harmful farming chemicals, including paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.

Mr Anutin insisted the ministries disapprove of the use of the three chemicals and want to push for an immediate ban on their use.

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