Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority

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Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Pataba at Pestisidyo
FPA Philippines logo.png
FPA Logo
Attached Agency overview
Formed 30 May 1977
Preceding Attached Agency Fertilizer Industry Authority
Type Attached agency
Jurisdiction Government of the Philippines
Headquarters FPA Building, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Compound, Visayas Avenue, Vasra, Quezon City
14°39′24.77″N 121°2′49.2″E / 14.6568806°N 121.047000°E / 14.6568806; 121.047000
Annual budget P57.903 million (2013)[1]
Minister responsible Proceso Alcala, Secretary of Agriculture
Attached Agency executive Norlito R. Gicana, Director
Parent Attached Agency Department of Agriculture
Website www.fpa.da.gov.ph

The Philippines' Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (Filipino: Pangasiwaan sa Pataba at Pestisidyo, abbreviated as FPA), is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Agriculture responsible for assuring adequate supply of fertilizer and pesticide at reasonable prices; rationalizing the manufacture and marketing of fertilizer; protecting the public from the risks of the inherent use of pesticides; and educating the agricultural sector in the use of these inputs.

History[edit]

In 1972–1973, Philippines was beset by rice production shortfalls resulting from the series of typhoons and floods and fertilizer shortages spawned by the oil crisis. The resulting fourfold drop in rice production prompted the government to directly intervene in the operations of the fertilizer industry through the issuance of Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 135 dated 22 February 1973, creating the Fertilizer Industry Authority (FIA).[2]

Fertilizer and pesticide are vital agricultural inputs in food production and must be supplied in adequate quantities at reasonable costs at all times. The fertilizer and pesticide industries have much in common in terms of clientele, distribution channels, system of application in farmers' fields and technical supervision by the same farm management technicians under the government's food production program. In view hereof, the government abolished the FIA and created the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority on 30 May 1977 by virtue of P.D. 1144.

The FPA is mandated to assure adequate supplies of fertilizer and pesticide at reasonable prices; rationalize the manufacture and marketing of fertilizer; protect the public from the risks inherent in the use of pesticides; and educate the agricultural sector in the use of these inputs. It is attached to the Department of Agriculture.

Vision[edit]

Sustained agricultural productivity in a wholesome environment through integrated plant nutrients management and safe crop protection systems.

Mission[edit]

To be a catalyst in the empowerment of farmers and fisherfolk by helping them become better informed, and more efficient and conscientious in the management of their plant nutrition and crop protection requirements and preservation of marine and aquatic resources.

Strategic Thrusts[edit]

  1. .Integrated Plant Nutrition System [IPNS] -a systematic approach that relates plant nutrition needs to actual soil fertility condition.
  2. .Integrated Crop Protection System [ICPS] -holistic crop protection system that relates farm productivity to the protection of human health and the environment.
  3. .Empowerment of Farmers/ Fisherfolk – helping farmers/fisherfolk become more self-reliant in meeting their needs for vital agricultural inputs.
  4. .Close Networking with Stakeholders in Achieving Sustainable Farm Productivity thru IPNS & ICPS.

Program Thrusts[edit]

  1. .Empower farmers/fisherfolk
  2. .Protect human health and the environment
  3. .Use indigenous resources
  4. .Develop and sustain partnership with all stakeholders.

Institutional Activities[edit]

  1. .Regulation of the fertilizer and pesticide industries

– efficacy and quality standards – environmental impact – product safety and agri-occupational health

  1. .Outreach services for farmers/ fisherfolk

– plant Health Clinics – on-site capability-building programs

  1. .R & D

– organic fertilizers – natural pesticides

  1. .Monitoring of pesticide residues in selected crops
  2. .Public Information Campaign

– health and environmental information – techno-tips

  1. .Crop Pest Infestation Monitoring

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