Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has announced the suspension of import permits for glyphosate-based herbicides following the recent court verdict in the U.S., in which a California jury ruled for the second time that the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes cancer.
Gray Nyandule-Phiri, Principal Secretary of the Ministry told Malawi’s ‘National’ newspaper that the import licenses for all glyphosate-based herbicides including Roundup would be suspended immediately.
Sadly for sustainable agriculture supporters in the country Nyandule-Phiri also added that glufosinate would now be replacing glyphosate as Malawi’s most used herbicide in the short-term, with other non-chemical approaches for weed control being looked at for the long-term.
Malawi’s move follows Vietnam’s announcement last week, in which the government imposed a ban on the import of all glyphosate-based herbicides with immediate effect.
According to Sustainable Pulse sources in Vietnam another 5 countries in Asia are also set to impose suspensions on the import of glyphosate-based herbicides in the next few months.
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