Ban On Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos across the Globe Will Be Devastating For Chinese Pesticide Production

Oct 31st, 2017

Thailand is going to inhibit the use of paraquat and chlorpyrifos pesticides in 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture of Thailand has already stated that it will join other countries that have banned the use of these pesticides after the current chlorpyrifos and paraquat licenses expire.

For the present, 50 countries have banned this chemical, as ingesting the smallest amount of them results in death. Moreover, they endanger the environment.
Thailand, as one of the world leaders in the cultivation of rice, has been using these pesticides since 2009. However, with each passing year, the requirements for c crops cultivation with the least damage to the environment get tighter.

Studies based on the reports of doctors have shown that this herbicide is hazardous to health. Particularly, a number of diseases among the farmers, caused by these chemicals, has much increased. The data shows that at least one case of poisoning with paraquat is recorded daily. Annually 1,000 people Thailand die from paraquat poisoning.

The ban on paraquat is a real threat to Chinese manufacturers, as China is the world’s largest exporter of these pesticides, followed by Brazil and the United States. Paraquat is the second largest pesticide exported by China. Chlorpyrifos is on the sixth position among 10 top exported pesticides. Together they make 18% of the total volume of pesticides, which the country supplies to foreign markets.

The major part of Chinese exports goes to Asian countries which have growing economy and agriculture, including Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Thailand consumes 8% of the total volume of exports from China. Therefore, the prohibition of paraquat and chlorpyrifos will lead to tangible losses for the Chinese producers of chemicals. Relatively soon, Vietnam and Taiwan will refuse to use these pesticides either.

According to experts, the era of paraquat will end in the second half of 2020. The same fate awaits chlorpyrifos. The US EPA has initiated the study on the negative impact of chlorpyrifos on different groups, and if it shows a positive result, the government will have to revoke all licenses within three months.