Suspicion over dried chilies imported from India

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed the Agriculture Department to carry out tests on dried chilies imported from India to check if it contains the pesticide Monocrotophos and issue a report immediately.

He had taken the decision to test the dried chilies imported from India based on reports that it contained harmful pesticides.

The bulk of imported dried chilies come from India, which uses this pesticide to a great extent. This pesticide Monocrotophos is said to be highly toxic and it was banned from being used in Sri Lanka 20 years ago.