Following ARA’s participation in the TFI/ARA Nitrogen fertilizer working group, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs conducted a hearing on terrorist networks in Pakistan and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The JIEDDO Director General Barbero said that producers of calcium ammonium nitrate, an agricultural fertilizer, in Pakistan need to make more efforts and have been less than cooperative. He said that while they had made minor packaging and tracking changes, they had no implemented any effective product security. He said he believed these producers must also do more.
“I engaged the International Fertilizer Association and the global fertilizer community to urge their commitment in developing a whole-of-industry approach to: implement a universal dye program; explore non-detonable substitutes for ammonium nitrate; institute effective industry-wide standards, regulations and safeguards regarding the production and distribution of nitrogen-based fertilizer; and produce a global education and awareness campaign.”
For more information contact Michael Kennedy, Public Policy Counsel at Michael@aradc.org.