May 14, 2024 | LEYTE – To ensure compliance with standard weight requirements for fertilizer products, the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) – Zamboanga Peninsula, together with Deputy Executive Director for Fertilizer, Dr. Myer G Mula, conducted random weighing operations in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay on May 6-7, 2024.

A total of 663 bags out of 1,139 fertilizer bags representing 11 different brands and grades, including major grades like 46-0-0, 14-14-14, 21-0-0, 16-20-0, 0-0-60, and 18-46-0, were found to weigh less than the standard 50-kg net weight per bag.

Dr. Mula underscored the significance of adhering to precise specifications for fertilizers, emphasizing not only the declared nutrient standards but also the net weight stated on the product label. He urged the fertilizer handlers to incorporate random weighing into their delivery processes and promptly report instances of underweight bags to their suppliers. To ensure accuracy, he recommended the use of well-calibrated electronic weighing scales. Furthermore, he cautioned business owners to remain vigilant against the proliferation of off-specs fertilizer products in the market, including those that are underweight, unregistered, or substandard.

“Non-compliance with these standards posits consequences not only on the revenue of the distributors and dealers but also on the livelihood of the farmers,” Dr. Mula said.

“With fertilizer recommendations tailored on a per-bag basis, deviations from standard specifications can significantly affect crop productivity and yield, ultimately diminishing farmers’ income,” he added.

FPA extended its advisory to the public, especially farmers, urging them to meticulously weigh fertilizer bags before purchase and inspect them for any physical defects such as torn sacks. Farmers are encouraged to request replacements for any compromised products, ensuring they receive the quality and quantity they pay for. ###


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