Arsenic problem to be nailed – Final Parliamentary Committee report awaited – Agrochemicals contain high content
Posted on March 1st, 2013

Ishara Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Daily News

The government will implement a national policy on Arsenic, after the final report of the Parliamentary Committee appointed to look into the Arsenic issue is recieved, Agriculture Ministry Secretary W Sakalasooriya said.

He was responding to the Daily News, making reference to a press conference held earlier in the day by the Pivithuru Hetak Organisation which alleged that the government has not taken measures to strengthen the law to take action against companies importing agrochemicals.

Sakalasooriya said the Agriculture Minister was totally focussed about this and the problem could not be solved overnight. A Parliamentary Committee has met three times and the final report would be issued at the next meeting.

Addressing the media at the Dharmawijaya Foundation, JHU Parliamentarian Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thera said the final WHO report on Investigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology in Sri Lanka has been released and the report states that arsenic excretion in urine was significantly higher in healthy subjects living in the endemic area compared to those living in the control area. Ven. Rathana Thera said arsenic not only causes kidney disease, but also causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other health problems.

Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and agrochemicals cause Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) which is prevalent the North Central Province. “One or more pesticide residues,such as, 2,4-D, Glyphosate, Chlophyrifios, Carbary 1 were above reference levels in 31.6 percent of people with CKD. Arsenic is the number one cancer causing substance and is also responsible for many other diseases.” said Rajarata University, Faculty of Medicine Lecturer Channa Jayasumana.

He also said that arsenic content in agrochemicals is very high due to market competition among agro – chemical importers. These importers add more arsenic to their products to make them more powerful and to keep up the competition with others. Measures are required to put a stop to this practice.

Prof. Priyani Paranagama of the Chemistry Division of the Kelaniya University, Prof. Mala Amarasighe of the Kelaniya University, Dr.Mangala Silva of the Ruhuna Universty and Desha Hithaishi National Movement Secretary Wasantha Bandara also addressed the gathering.

One Response to “Arsenic problem to be nailed – Final Parliamentary Committee report awaited – Agrochemicals contain high content”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    MRS PRIYANTHA SENANAYAKE WAS THE ONE WHO FIRST FOUND OUT THE RELATION BETWEEN ARSENIC AND KIDNEY DISEASE IN RAJARATA AND IT WAS””” A RESULT OF MEDITATION”””

    PROF.. PRIYANI PARANAGAMA AND PROF MALA AMARASINGHE DID ALL THE RESEARCH WORK ” USING WETERN METHODS TO PROVE IT T O COLONIAL PARASITES WHO DONOT BELIEVE MEDITATION
    PROF.. NALIN DE SILVA WAS THE ONE WHO COORDINATED THE WHOLE PROJECT’
    LATER SOME WESTERN DOCTORS JOIND IT.

    UNTIL W H O REPORT WAS PUBLISHED THERE WAS A DIRTY MUD SLINGING CAMPAIGN AGAINST TH OSE PROFFESSORS ORGANISED BY AGROCHEMICAL COMPANIES WITH THE HELP OF SOME UNPATRIOTIC SELFISH PROFFESSORS AND SO CALLED SCIENTISTS. WHO WERE BRIBED BY THOSE COMPANIES.

    I HAVE HEARD HUDSON SAMARASINGHE”s FILTHY WORDS AND C URSES TO PRIYANTHA SENANAYAKE AND NALIN DE SILVA .
    PRIYANTHA HAS BEEN DOING MEDITATION FROM HER CHILD HOOD AND SHE HAS FOUND OUT A CURE FOR THIS KIDNEY PROBLEM. I PERSONALY WENT TO SEE HER TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER AND FOUND OUT THAT THERE ARE SO MANY WESTERN ALOPATHY DOCTORS WORKING WITH HER AND LEARNING MEDITATION FROM HER

    NOT ONLY THAT PRIYANTHA HAS FOUND OUT AN ALTERNATIVE TO AGRO CHEMICLES AND NOW ORGANISING
    PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY TO DO THIS INEXPENSIVE PADDY CULTIVATION AND HAPPY TO SAY THAT THESE FARMERS ARE LEARNIG MEDITATION FROM HER.

    THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GOT INSULTEDAND ABUSED BY THE GOVT . PEOPLE SHAME SHAME

    FINALY I THINK MINISTER HAS REALISED

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