Fertilizers, Farm Feeds and Remedies Act
- Commenced on 2 April 1953
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds and Remedies Act [Chapter 18:12].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“advertisement” includes any statement, picture, design or device—(a)published in any newspaper or public print; or(b)contained in any handbill, circular or other matter which is distributed to members of the public through the post or brought to the notice of the public in any other manner whatsoever;“analyst” means a person appointed an analyst under this Act;“brand” means the impression or representation of any letter, number, geometrical figure, mark, sign or symbol and includes any combination of such impressions or representations;“compost” means vegetable matter or mixed vegetable and animal matter so decomposed as to form an organic manure;“farm feed” means—(a)any—(i)substance obtained by a process of crushing, gristing or grinding or by the addition to any substance or the removal therefrom of any ingredient; or(ii)condimental feed or mineral substance which possesses or is alleged to possess nutritive properties; or(iii)substance of animal origin;which is intended or offered for the feeding of poultry, domestic animals or livestock;(b)any stock lick or substance which can be used and is used as a stock lick, whether or not such stock lick or substance possesses medicinal properties;but does not include straw, chaff, unground hay, silage or cereal in the grain, or any substance which falls within this definition but which has been crushed, gristed or ground for a farmer in accordance with his directions for his own use, unless by regulation such substance has been declared to be a farm feed for the purposes of this Act;“farmer” means a person who devotes his attention to farming in Zimbabwe, either exclusively or together with some profession, business or other occupation;“farming requisite” means any fertilizer, farm feed or remedy, or any substance used in the manufacture of a fertilizer, farm feed or remedy;“fertilizer” means any substance which is intended or offered for improving or maintaining the growth of plants or the productivity of the soil, but does not include farmyard or stable manure, kraal manure, compost, wood ash, town refuse or night soil when sold in its original condition and under its name;“inspector” means a person appointed an inspector under this Act;“Minister” means the Minister of Agriculture or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;“registering officer” means a registering officer appointed in terms of section three;“remedy” means any substance which is intended or offered—(a)for the destruction of any noxious plant or insect; or(b)in regard to poultry, domestic animals, livestock or plants, for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease, infestation or other unhealthy or unfavourable condition, or for the maintenance of health, but does not include any specified drug as defined in the Drugs and Allied Substances Control Act [Chapter 15:03].“sell” includes to offer, advertise, keep, expose, transmit, convey, deliver or prepare for sale or exchange, or to dispose of for any consideration whatever, or to transmit, convey or deliver in pursuance of a sale, exchange or disposal as aforesaid;“sterilizing plant” means a plant used for the sterilizing of bones or other substances derived from an animal carcass.
3. Appointment of registering officersSubject to the law relating to the Public Service, the Minister shall appoint one or more registering officers for the purposes of this Act.
4. Registration of fertilizers, farm feeds, remedies and sterilizing plants
5. Cancellation of registrationIf a registering officer is satisfied—
6. Registering officer to furnish reasonsUpon the written request of any applicant for the registration of any fertilizer, farm feed, remedy or sterilizing plant, a registering officer shall furnish to such applicant the reasons—
7. Appeal against decision of registering officer
8. Restrictions on the sale of fertilizers, farm feeds and remedies
9. Use of sterilizing plant
10. Invoices required in the case of sale of fertilizers and farm feeds
11. Importation, sterilization, manufacture and sale
12. Minister may exclude any fertilizer, farm feed or remedy from ActSubject to such conditions as he may prescribe, the Minister may exclude by regulation any fertilizer, farm feed or remedy from the operation of any or all the provisions of this Act.
13. Appointment of inspectors and analystsThe Minister may appoint persons as inspectors and analysts for the purposes of this Act.
14. Powers of inspector
15. Detention and sampling of imported fertilizers, farm feeds and remedies
16. Preservation of secrecy
17. Offences and penalties
18. Procedure and evidence
19. Special defences in case of prosecutionsIt shall be a sufficient defence for a person charged with the sale of any fertilizer, farm feed or remedy in contravention of paragraph (d) of section eight if he proves to the satisfaction of the court—
20. Acts or omissions by manager, agent or employee
22. Publication of returnsThe Minister may from time to time cause to be published in the Gazette a return showing the names of the manufacturers, importers or dealers in fertilizers, farm feeds and remedies which have been registered under this Act. Such return shall state the name and the chemical constituents of each fertilizer, farm feed and remedy so registered and such other particulars as the Minister may consider necessary.
History of this document
02 April 1953