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Raising the limit of radioactive contamination in fertilisers

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Introduction

On 12 August 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry published Regulation 64/2009 on conditions for determining the quality of plant nutrients, deviations in nutrient content and the minimum and maximum values of allowed nutrient content.

Country
Serbia
Sector
Agriculture
Type of Law
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Description of the law

On 12 August 2009, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry published Regulation 64/2009 on conditions for determining the quality of plant nutrients, deviations in nutrient content and the minimum and maximum values of allowed nutrient content. The regulation, which serves to implement the 2009 Law on Plant Nutrition Products and Soil Enhancers, prescribes methods for testing plant nutrition agents and soil enhancers. One of the measures included in the regulation increases the previously established limits on radioactive contamination by ten times, thus allowing a much higher concentration of radionuclides in inorganic fertilisers. The regulation was repealed on 23 September 2009, 42 days after being published.

After adoption of the regulation, the private company Fertil, which is based in Bačka Palanka, was allowed to import fertilisers with higher amounts of previously banned illicit components. A phytosanitary inspector ordered the company to return the shipment and in October 2016 the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade accused the former minister for agriculture, forestry and water management Saša Dragin of using his position to raise the limit on the amount of radioactive fertiliser that could be imported into Serbia to 2,900,000 kilograms. The trial against Dragin for the import of radioactive fertiliser is still ongoing.