Bangkok. Unsurprisingly, a number of farmers have spoken out against the planned pesticide ban. Others are in favor.

Two groups have formed, one group advocating the ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, while the other group is in favor.

Prokkachol Usap, the coordinator of the Prohibition Network, said her group will work with Ministry of Health officials to ratify the ban.

At the same time, however, the Association for the Safety of Farmers opposes an immediate ban. The association argues that first of all, it has to be clarified who pays the higher costs that are incurred if farmers are no longer allowed to use the pesticides. 

In addition, there would be a danger that farmers would dodge in a ban on the black market and buy the chemicals there. Leonard Brix