19 January 2014

Zambia: Buy Labelled Fertilisers, Urges Zabs

THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has called on farmers to only buy well labelled fertiliser on the Market.

ZABS Marketing and public relations officer Dingase Makumba said the institution was concern that some unscrupulous traders were selling repackaged fertilisers which was not labelled.

Ms Makumba has since advised the public to report those selling unlabelled fertilisers to ZABS or any other relevant authorities.

"We are concerned about repackaged fertilisers which are not labelled as this may not provide consumers with adequate information for correct application and consequently, this may affect agricultural productivity and may also present an opportunity for adulteration," she said.

She said ZABS was currently carrying out inspections on both local and imported fertiliser, adding: "ZABS has tightened measures on imported fertiliser by opening up an office at the Chanida Border post because our surveillance and compliance activities discovered that most imported fertiliser is routed through Chanida where ZABS was not present, "she said.

She revealed that standards for some fertilisers in Zambia such as compound fertiliser ZS 431, Urea ZS 605, Ammonium Nitrate ZS 606, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate ZS607, Amonium Sulphate ZS 608 were compulsory.

"ZABS is closely monitoring the product to ensure compliance to standards," she said.

Ms Makumba, however, said ZABS overall analysis of fertiliser on the market show good compliance levels.

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