April 17, 2024 | Central Visayas – To ensure the quality of fertilizers in Central Visayas, the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Region 7, together with Deputy Executive Director for Fertilizer, Dr. Myer G. Mula, inspected various fertilizer manufacturers and distributors across the province of Cebu and Negros Oriental on April 15-17, 2024.

The inspection team meticulously checked the weight accuracy, packaging, and marking requirements of the fertilizers being sold by area distributors, dealers, and manufacturers. A total of 173 out of 789 fertilizer bags from different brands and grades, including the four major grades (46-0-0, 0-0-60, 14-14-14, 21-0-0, 16-20-0, 18-46-0), were found to weigh less than the standard 50 kg net weight per bag.

The team emphasized the importance of meeting consistent product quality and provided recommendations to enhance production processes and equipment maintenance to prevent contamination.

The need for accurate calibration when using electronic weighing machines and proper handling to prevent damage during transport was also stressed.

FPA strongly advised the public, particularly farmers, to weigh fertilizer bags before purchase, thoroughly inspecting them for any physical defects or damages, and promptly seeking replacements, if necessary, as part of their inherent rights as end-users and protecting consumers.

The heightened inspections and enforcement actions aim to bolster the capability of local fertilizer manufacturers and maintain the integrity of agricultural products in Central Visayas. ###


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