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Violations rampant in fertiliser trade

Update: June, 19/2014 - 09:51
In 2008, 100 cases of low quality fertiliser were detected in 31 provinces and cities nationwide. In 2013, that figure reached over 1,300. — Photo baobacgiang

HA NOI (VNS)— More violations of regulations governing the fertiliser industry were being detected among individuals and businesses, badly affecting agricultural production, said the general secretary of the Viet Nam Fertiliser Association, Nguyen Hac Thuy, yesterday in Ha Noi.

Speaking at a conference on fertiliser management and a sustainable agriculture development strategy, Thuy said relevant authorities had failed to tackle fake and sub-standard fertilisers.

In 2008, 100 cases of low quality fertiliser were detected in 31 provinces and cities nationwide. In 2013, that figure reached over 1,300.

Many "producers" used soil and ground up bricks and stones to make fertiliser, Thuy said.

"The management and control of fertiliser production has not been good enough," said Nguyen Duy Luong, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Farmers Association.

Luong suggested tightening the management of fertiliser production and enforcing strict punishments for violations of regulations.

Cao Hoai Duong, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Fertiliser Association, said that appropriate punishment for those who broke the law was the best deterrent.

Duong also said that training farmers how to identify quality fertilisers was very important.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai applauded the contribution that fertiliser production had made to the country's agricultural development.

He asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to issue guidance for farmers on organic and inorganic fertilisers.

He also asked the Ministry of Public Security and Market Watch forces as well as inspectors from local departments of Agriculture and Rural Development to keep an eye on the situation. — VNS

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