The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority warns the public of illegitimate online sellers and traders and whose products are not registered by the Authority.
“For them to be assured of safe and effective agricultural inputs, buyers should patronize only FPA registered fertilizer and pesticide products being sold by our licensed dealers,” Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan said.
He added that those unlicensed sellers and the unregistered products they distribute violate Presidential Decree 1144, and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Regulatory Policies and Implementing Guidelines.
In the Memorandum Circular No. 17 issued by the Agency on August 13, the public was advised to verify registration and licenses in the list of handlers and registered products posted on the FPA website, https://fpa.da.gov.ph
The said document also explained that relevant information such as license and registration numbers, raw materials, and country of origin shall be prominently displayed in the packaging/bag/bottle. These are information being required by FPA among industry stakeholders in their product labels and implementation of Product Stewardship Programs.
As such, the public should also avoid products that are smuggled, underweight, expired, and does not conform standards.
To encourage wide dissemination of such campaign, the FPA seeks the cooperation from industry stakeholders including dealer’s associations or cooperatives. The FPA Field Units shall also integrate these reminders in their conduct of information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns.
The public may report unscrupulous sellers and unregistered products being distributed to any of the FPA Field Units through email and telephone numbers listed on the FPA website.