Efforts to regulate fertilizer and pesticide dealers intensified in Bicol Region

Written by : Gabriel B. Atole, Supervising Agriculturist |  Published: 20 March 2024




BICOL | March 18, 2024 - 121 fertilizer and pesticide establishments were inspected during the clean-up drive (CUD) operation conducted by FPA Bicol in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur II on March 11-15, 2024.


Twenty-six (26) dealers in Catanduanes and ninety-five (95) establishments across various municipalities in Camarines Sur II were inspected.


One unlicensed dealer was identified in Catanduanes, while six handlers in Camarines Sur II were discovered operating without a License to Operate (LTO) from the FPA and no trained ASD personnel. The dealers were served with Notice of Violations (NOV) and were required to apply for an FPA license.


To capacitate the dealers on the safe handling of fertilizers and pesticides, they were required to attend an Accredited Safety Dispenser (ASD) training to be conducted on May 15-16, 2024, at San Agustin Pili, Camarines Sur.


The dealers also received cautionary advice against procuring off-specification products from companies facing suspension orders. They were advised to diligently inspect fertilizer bags before accepting deliveries, stressing the importance of utilizing only FPA-registered products to uphold quality and safety standards.


Regional Officer (RO) Mr. Gabriel B. Atole led the operation in Catanduanes along with Provincial Officers (POs) Engr. Christohper M. Nuñez and Mr. Rodny P. Conda. Meanwhile, PO Ms. Rosie T. Malazar, Mr. Winsor L. Nueva, Engr. Cris Legaspi and Engr. Ardon Ryan Nee Estuye conducted the inspection in Camarines Sur II.


The team also visited the Local Government Unit of Virac to discuss updates on establishing a Composting Facility for Biodegradable Waste (CFBW) under the Fortified Organic Fertilizer Development Program (FOFDP). ###


  Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Online ISSN: 2815-1674
  Published by the FPA Information and Communications Team