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Thailand’s ban on two ag chemicals troubles farmers, industries

Paraquat, chlorpyrifos added to 'Type 4' list

Bangkok | Reuters — Thailand enforced a ban on Monday on two agricultural chemicals widely regarded as toxic to humans, prompting claims from farmers they will face losses, while environmental campaigners welcomed a step toward sustainability. Many countries have already prohibited paraquat, a broad-spectrum herbicide, and chlorpyrifos, an insecticide. Some 10 million farming households in

Thai chicken exports to China set to rise

The swine fever outbreak is providing market growth even as other markets falter

Reuters – Thailand’s chicken exports to China are forecast to increase by 60 per cent next year, a Thai industry association said Dec. 19, as China seeks alternative meat supplies after an outbreak of swine fever nearly halved its pig herd. China’s pig herd is about 40 per cent smaller than a year ago, Chinese

Thailand’s chemical ban would hurt crop exporters

Thai farmers are also none too happy about losing crop protection tools

Reuters – Thailand’s ban on three chemicals used in farming that its government deemed hazardous could threaten imports of American agricultural products into Thailand, a U.S. government official said in a letter sent ahead of the ban this week. Thailand’s National Hazardous Substances Committee recently voted to ban the use of three “hazardous chemicals,” including