The ban on toxic agricultural pesticides paraquat and chlorpyrifos will be enforced as scheduled on June 1, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit said on Thursday (April 30).
The use of the third chemical, glyphosate, will be limited from May 23 in line with the National Hazardous Substances Committee.
Several people and agencies have recently called on the government to put the ban off until December 31, as it may have a negative impact on the trade of agricultural products.
However, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul disagreed saying that people’s health is more important.
Nakhon Ratchasima bans labourers from travelling outside provinces
Nakhon Ratchasima tightened its lockdown by banning factory and other workers from traveling outside the province.
The provincial communicable disease committee announced on Wednesday (April 29) that labourers must refrain from travelling until the Covid-19 outbreak is resolved.
Workers who must leave the northeastern province must first obtain permission from their plant.
Upon their return, they are required to notify public health officials and undergo 14 days of quarantine.
Meanwhile, labourers and factory operators have been ordered to comply strictly with any instructions from public health officials.