To further complicate the matter, when non-qualified or unregistered bio fertilisers are found on the market during inspection, “companies always find a compromise with the court,” this despite the fact that the violation is punishable by a one million baht fine and up to seven-years jail time, and in some cases, can even result in the revoking of the company’s production license.
When it comes to fertiliser registration and regulation in the ASEAN, Dr. Suparat gave his thoughts concerning the ASEAN’s plan to harmonise the regulation of bio fertiliser in a positive tone saying that, “It will be best to create one consensual regulation together at the ASEAN level before each ASEAN Member States (AMS) make their own regulations so that there exists ‘the ASEAN baseline’ for all AMS to refer to.”
The harmonisation of regulation could further encourage trading of bio fertiliser between the AMS countries. Dr. Suparat explained that “[since] each AMS has different criteria of registration,” this means that certain registered fertiliser from one country may not meet the criteria set by another country, thus hindering the movement of products within the region.
- Natasha Angsakulchai