In September 2008, after an evaluation by the Thai Toxicology Evaluation Committee, paraquat was approved for continued sale in Thailand and scheduled to enter the new re-registration process.
As of May 2009, the final approval of the re-registration procedure by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is still pending, but paraquat has been included in the first stage of the review program which is expected to start in July 2009. The current registration will expire in August 2011.
Following a major revision of the regulatory system for crop protection products, the Ministry is working through nearly 27,000 dossiers for re-registration. CropLife International, the global federation representing the plant science industry, has been working with Thai regulatory officials to strengthen the country’s regulation of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and other crop protection products used on its 18 million hectares of crops.
Farming Facts about Thailand
1st - Thailand's position as a rice exporter
10 million ha of rice grown
11% of Thailand's GDP comes from farming
43% of Thai workforce engaged in agriculture