Notice - Notification of WTO Members: : DUS 1584:2023, Organic Fertilizer — Specification, Second edition

WTO code G/SPS/N/UGA/232
Date notice 20/01/2023
Notice type Regular
Title : DUS 1584:2023, Organic Fertilizer — Specification, Second edition

This Draft Uganda Standard specifies requirements, sampling and test methods for organic fertilizers. 

Organic fertilizers are naturally available mineral sources that contain moderate amount of plant essential nutrients. They are capable of mitigating problems associated with synthetic fertilizers. They reduce the necessity of repeated application of synthetic fertilizers to maintain soil fertility

Organic fertilizers comprise a variety of plant-derived materials that range from fresh or dried plant material to animal manures and litters to agricultural by-products. The nutrient content of organic fertilizers varies greatly among source materials, and readily biodegradable materials make better nutrient sources. Nitrogen and phosphorus content is lower, often substantially lower, in organic fertilizers compared to chemical fertilizers.

Commonly used organic fertilizers include composted animal manure, compost, sewage sludge, food processing wastes, and municipal biosolids. They improve soil health and release nutrients to soils gradually. Examples of naturally occurring organic fertilizers include manure, slurry, worm castings, peat, seaweed and guano. Green manure crops are also grown to add nutrients to the soil. Naturally, occurring minerals such as mine rock phosphate, sulfate of potash and limestone are also considered as Organic Fertilizers. Examples of manufactured organic fertilizers include compost, blood meal, bone meal and seaweed extracts. Other examples are natural enzyme digested proteins, fishmeal, and feather meal.

Organic fertilizers are considered an excellent source of nutrients, providing plants with vital vitamins, and soil acts as a medium between crops and fertilizers. Fertilizers can be divided into several types, depending on their components, shape, and various other properties.

Meat and bone meal is an industrial by-product obtained by treating animal carcasses with heat, removing the fat, and finally drying and mincing them. Due to the high levels of total nitrogen (8%), phosphorus (5%), and calcium (10%) in meat and bone meal, these organic matters can be considered as useful fertilizers for soil improvement. 

Manure is an organic fertilizer used for soil fertilization after animal waste decomposes due to bacteria and fungi. Composting manure takes a relatively long time. This decomposed manure is later used in agriculture to increase and promote soil productivity. Well-decomposed manure contains N (0.5%), P2O5 (0.3%), and K2O (0.5%). Manure is used as a fertilizer, improves soil productivity by providing practically all the elements needed by plants, but not always in the right amounts, and proportions. Slurry and solid manure are traditionally spread directly on the soil surface as fertilizers.

Organic fertilizers are an alternative to minimize the environmental pollution that may be due to excessive use of inorganic fertilizers.

Liquid fertiliser contains nutrient compounds that could be applied as plant enhancer and are used in foliar application, as it does not require soil medium and environmentally friendly. An organic liquid fertilizer can be produced from bio-wastes composting as it contains more organic nutrients that are essential to promote healthy plant growth.

Product Animal or vegetable fertilizers, whether or not mixed together or chemically treated; fertilizers produced by the mixing or chemical treatment of animal or vegetable products (excl. those in pellet or similar forms, or in packages with a gross weight of <= 10 kg) (HS code(s): 3101); Fertilizers (ICS code(s): 65.080)
Country Uganda

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G/SPS/N/CAN/484/Add.1 - Updated "Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods"
G/SPS/N/CHE/82/Add.7 - Amendment of Annex 1 to the Ordinance on phytosanitary products (OPPh)
G/SPS/N/CAN/1469/Add.1 - Established Maximum Residue Limits: Ipflufenoquin
G/SPS/N/THA/419/Add.1 - Thai Agricultural Standard entitled "Good Agricultural Practices for Pig Farms"
G/SPS/N/CAN/1463/Add.1 - Established Maximum Residue Limits: Florylpicoxamid
G/SPS/N/THA/634 - Approval procedure of the production facility of animal feed exportation to the Kingdom of Thailand.
G/SPS/N/AUS/563 - Proposal to amend Schedule 20 of the revised Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (21 March 2023)
G/SPS/N/EU/629 - Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476) and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards specifications for glycerol (E 422), polyglycerol esters of fatty acids (E 475) and polyglycerol polyricinoleate (E 476)
G/SPS/N/NZL/709/Add.1 - Amendment to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Import health standard 155.02.06: Importation of Nursery Stock
G/SPS/N/USA/3372 - Azoxystrobin; Pesticides Tolerances. Final Rule
G/SPS/N/BRA/2120/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1125, 23 November 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2125/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1132, 15 December 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2128/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1133, 15 December 2022
G/SPS/N/CAN/1496 - Regulations amending the Health of Animals Regulations (Livestock identification and traceability)
G/SPS/N/EU/628 - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/647 of 13 January 2023 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/686 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the approval of germinal product establishments and the traceability and animal health requirements for movements within the Union of germinal products of certain kept terrestrial animals
G/SPS/N/CHL/745 - Public consultation on the proposed amendment to Articles 169, 173 and 452 of the Food Health Regulations
G/SPS/N/EU/627 - Draft Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the non-renewal of the approval of the active substance dimoxystrobin, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/408 (Text with EEA relevance)
G/SPS/N/THA/631 - The DLD order on temporary suspension of importation of live domestic pigs and wild pigs and their carcasses from Viet Nam to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever
G/SPS/N/BRA/2092/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1122, 27 October 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2116/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1131, 24 November 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2117/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1128, 23 November 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2118/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1127, 23 November 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2119/Add.1 - Draft Resolution number 1126, 23 November 2022
G/SPS/N/BRA/2143 - Draft Resolution number 1149, 10 March 2023.
G/SPS/N/BRA/2144 - Draft Resolution number 1150, 10 March 2023.
G/SPS/N/CAN/1494 - Proposed Maximum Residue Limit: Mefentrifluconazole (PMRL2023-19).
G/SPS/N/CAN/1495 - Proposed Maximum Residue Limit: Prothioconazole (PMRL2023-20)
G/SPS/N/SAU/474/Add.1 - Final draft of Health Certificate for Exporting Feed Products to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ("Animal origin or containing animal protein" and "Plant origin")
G/SPS/N/USA/3366 - Pydiflumetofen; Pesticide Tolerances. Final Rule
G/SPS/N/MDA/20 - Order No. 51 from 8 February 2023 on the approval of the Regulation regarding the temporary intensification of official customs controls and emergency measures undertaken during the entry into the Republic of Moldova of certain goods from certain countries
G/SPS/N/TPKM/599/Add.1 - Those foods, food additives, food utensils, food containers or packaging classified under 12 specific CCC codes
G/SPS/N/TPKM/611 - Draft of "Suspension of the Importation of Deer Velvet, Deer Antler, Deer Penis (and Testis) and Deer Antler Glue from Listed Countries/zones (listed by the World Organisation for Animal Health) with Reported Case(s) of Chronic Wasting Disease"
G/SPS/N/ARM/43 - Eurasian Economic Commission Council Draft Decision on amendments to Chapter II of the Single List of Goods, subject to sanitary and epidemiological supervision (control) on the customs border and customs area of the Eurasian Economic Union
G/SPS/N/ARM/44 - Eurasian Economic Commission Collegium Draft Decision on amendments to the Section 12 of the Chapter II of the Common sanitaryepidemiological and hygienic requirements for products subject to sanitary-epidemiological supervision (control).
G/SPS/N/NZL/710 - Draft Import Health Standard: Grain and Seeds for Consumption, Feed or Processing
G/SPS/N/UKR/198 - Draft Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Order of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine No. 813 of 20 October 2022 and Approval of the Requirements for Certain Quality Indicators for Poultry Meat".
G/SPS/N/ECU/289 - Resolution No. 202 that updates the list of plagas cuarentenarias not present in Ecuador
G/SPS/N/EU/626 - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/516 of 8 March 2023 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2236 as regards the model animal health certificate for the entry into the Union of consignments of aquatic animals intended for certain aquaculture establishments, for release into the wild or for other purposes, excluding direct human consumption
G/SPS/N/USA/3371 - Mandestrobin; Pesticide Tolerances. Final Rule
G/SPS/N/CHE/89 - Amendment of the FOEN Ordinance on phytosanitary measures for forests; SR 916.202.2
G/SPS/N/TPKM/610 - The Draft Amendment of Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limitation of Food Additives
G/SPS/N/CAN/1488 - Proposed Maximum Residue Limit: Cyantraniliprole (PMRL2023-18)
G/SPS/N/CAN/1489 - Proposed Maximum Residue Limit: Pyrethrins (PMRL2023-15)
G/SPS/N/CAN/1490 - Proposed Maximum Residue Limit: Piperonyl Butoxide (PMRL2023-16)
G/SPS/N/CAN/1491 - Health Canada's Proposal to revise certain permitted uses of aluminum-containing food additives
G/SPS/N/CAN/1492 - Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Enzymes to Enable the Use of Transglutaminase from Streptomyces mobaraensis M2020197 in Various Foods
G/SPS/N/CAN/1493 - Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Additives to Extend the Use of Acetic Acid to 2'-Fucosyllactose
G/SPS/N/CHN/1277 - National Food Safety Standard of the P.R.C.: Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides in Foods.
G/SPS/N/URY/69 - Draft Resolution of the Directorate-General of Agricultural Services, prohibiting the importation, registration and renewal of phytosanitary products based on the active ingredients carbofuran, methyl parathion, trichlorfon, dichlorvos and cyhexatin
G/SPS/N/USA/3370 - Innophos, Inc.; Filing of Color Additive Petition