LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 9 (PIA) - - The trained fertilizer and pesticide dispenser is expected to guide the buyer in acquiring the appropriate and affordable farm inputs for agricultural produce who is likened to a physician issuing a prescription of medicine or supplement to a patient.
This is how Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Regional Officer Reynaldo Segismundo describes the role of Accredited Safety Dispenser (ASD) of fertilizer and pesticide handling towards their customers.
The ASD’s role is important in guiding and assisting the farmer with the prescribed farm input for vegetable or ornamental plants. ASD training is a pre-requisite in securing FPA license to operate as a dealer.
FPA mandates that all licensee or applicants for fertilizer or pesticide dealership must have at least two (2) ASD under their employ who must be trained in advising or assisting buyers of fertilizers/ pesticides on its safe handling, storage and judicious use.
“A trained ASD is expected to ask the buyer’s concerns before releasing any item not only for the sake of selling,” Segismundo explained. The buyer needs to be clarified of the item labels which include the active ingredients and descriptions, handling, dosage, and warranty.
Rowena Billig, FPA Provincial Officer for Benguet and Baguio, said FPA holds ASD trainings for fertilizer and pesticide handling at least twice a year.
In the training, ASDs are taught on the categories of fertilizers and pesticides, pesticide information and management, soil and fertilizer management, fertilizer handling and management, FPA rules and regulations, pesticide first aid management, exposure to pesticides, types of pesticide poisoning, signs and symptoms of poisoning among others. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet).