Criminal Sanctions in Ethiopian Agricultural laws-1


The Fertilizer Manufacturing and Trade Proclamation No. 137-1998 imposes severe penalties for violations pertaining to transactions of adulterated or unregistered fertilizers. Here is the full text of the criminal provisions of the proclamation      
[Article] 26. Penalties
1) Any person who intentionally offers for sale or sales adulterated or unregistered fertilizers will be punished with imprisonment from 8 years upto 10 years and with fine from Birr 25 thousands up to 35 thousands.

2) Any person who offers for sale or sells sub-standard fertilizer in contravention to Article 17 of this proclamation will be punished with imprisonment from 5 years upto 7 years and with fine from Birr 25 thousands upto 30 thousands.
3) Any person who knowingly offers for sale or sells fertilizers in bags which do not comply with the standard will be punished with imprisonment from 3 years upto 5 years and with fine from Birr 15 thousands upto 25 thousands.
4) Any person who offers for sale or sells fertilizers in bags which do not comply with the standard on labeling and packaging and reduces the required content of the bag; will be punished with imprisonment from 1 year upto 3 years and with fine from Birr 5 thousands to 15 thousands.
5) Any person who prohibits document, when requested by an inspector of the Agency or worker in the exercises of his power and duties will be punished with imprisonment upto 1 year and with fine from Birr 5 thousands upto 10 thousands.
6) A person who deceives or misleads the inspector, tampers with an article in a way that a sample of it, taken or submitted for analysis, incorrectly represents the articles, will be punished with imprisonment from 1 year upto 3 years and with fine from Birr 10 thousands upto 15 thousands.
7) A person who intentionally break a sealed store will be punished with imprisonment upto 1 year and with fine from Birr 5 thousands upto 10 thousands.


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