Farmers should not buy fertilizers and pesticides from unauthorized dealers as these will destroy their crops and are hazardous to health, Francis Flores, Negros Occidental Provincial coordinator for Pesticide Authority, said yesterday.
Flores said that in the province, PA has authorized only 126 fertilizers and pesticide dealers.
"Unauthorized pesticide and fertilizer dealers do not issue receipts and if there are any untoward incidents, we cannot hold them accountable", he said.
PA has also intensified its campaign against adulterated fertilizers and pesticides circulating in the province.
To identify fake fertilizers from original ones, farmers should look for the product registration number and check with their municipal and city agriculturist if the product is registered with the Department of Agriculture, Flores said.
He warned those making fake fertilizers and pesticides that they may be charged for economic sabotage.
To ensure that farmers will not be victimized by unauthorized fertilizers and pesticides dealers PA is holding a seminar as the matter this month.
During the seminar Flores said farmers will also be taught proper handling of pesticides and fertilizers.*APN