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REGULATION OF FERTILIZERS AND ANIMAL FOOD STUFFS


THE FERTILISERS AND ANIMAL FOODSTUFFS ACT

This Act regulates the import, manufacture and sale of agricultural fertilisers.  The fertilisers is defined to mean any substance or mixture of substances which is intended or offered for improving or maintaining the growth of plants or the productivity of the soil.  The Act prohibits the import, manufacture, sale or mixing of fertilisers which have not been declared to be approved fertilisers.  Any person who knowingly sells the fertiliser containing deleterious ingredients shall be guilty of an offence and the Act provides for rules which prescribe the standards of composition, efficacy, fineness and purity of fertilizers and animal foodstuffs.

Secondly the Act prohibits certain substances and limits percentages or certain substances in fertilizers.  It requires that records and returns be kept and furnished to the Minister.  It requires proper storage of fertilizers and animal foodstuffs and imposes rules on the manner of packing branding, labelling, marking and sealing of containers of fertilisers. 

The Fertilisers and Animal Foodstuffs (Packing of approved Fertilizers) rules which have been made under the Act at present have no provision on health and safety and on measures to protect the environment.  What they focus on at the moment are measures dealing with packaging and labelling of the containers for approved fertilisers.

 
 
 

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