REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                 LAW                                            
                                  ON                                            
                           PLANT PROTECTION                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. Objective of the Law                                            
      This  law shall establish activity of all legal and natural               
persons with respect to plant protection from diseases, pests and               
weeds  as  well  as the procedure for registration,  manufacture,               
import, trade, storage and state supervision of the chemical  and               
biological means for plant protection and plant growth regulation               
materials.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 2. Basic Concepts                                                  
     Basic concepts used in this Law are as follows:                            
      plant  protection  means activity involving  employment  of               
biological,  chemical, quarantine and other  means  that  protect               
plants  from  disease  agents,  diseases,  pests  and  weeds,  or               
decrease   their   harmful  effects,  and  also  preserve   their               
ecological equilibrium in nature;                                               
       biological   means  means  entomophagous  substances   and               
microbiological  preparations, employed in plant protection  from               
disease agents, diseases, pests and weeds;                                      
     chemical means means chemical preparations employed in plant               
protection from disease agents, diseases, pests, weeds as well as               
growth regulators;                                                              
      quarantine  measures  means the system  of  state  measures               
intended  to  protect the territory of the Republic of  Lithuania               
from  introduction therein of particularly harmful pests, disease               
agents  and weeds that are of particular harm to agriculture  and               
forestry  and  also, to determine sources within the  country  of               
organisms meriting quarantine and to localise and liquidate them;               
      registration  of plant protection means means  the  process               
wherein  the use of new chemical and biological plant  protection               
means shall be legalised within the territory of the Republic  of               
Lithuania  and  regulations governing the use  thereof  shall  be               
established.                                                                    
                                                                                
      Article  3.  State Administration and State Supervision  of               
          Plant Protection                                                      
      Taking into account the specific nature of this task, state               
administration  of  plant  protection  within  the  Republic   of               
Lithuania  shall be implemented by the Ministries of  Agriculture               
and  Forestry  through the state services for  plant  and  forest               
protection,  the  Ministry  of Environmental  Protection  through               
regional  environmental  protection  agencies,  the  Ministry  of               
Health  through  public  health care  services,  and  the  county               
governor  administrations, through agricultural  departments  and               
district  agricultural boards of county agricultural departments.               
The  aforementioned services shall supervise the import, storage,               
trade  and  use  of  chemical  and  biological  plant  protection               
articles, regardless of user jurisdiction status.                               
      The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
the  structure  of environmental protection state  administration               
services.                                                                       
      The  Chief  Plant Protection Inspector of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, state plant protection inspectors and employees of the               
forest protection service shall implement state inspection.                     
      State  plant quarantine supervision is implemented  by  the               
Chief State Plant Quarantine Inspector and state plant quarantine               
inspectors.                                                                     
      These  inspectors and employees of State Forest  Protection               
Service shall have the right to:                                                
      1)  supervise  how natural and legal persons implement  the               
requirements of the Law on Plant Protection;                                    
      2)  obtain  information  on plant diseases,  pests,  weeds,               
spread  of  quarantine objects, destruction  and  utilisation  of               
chemical and biological means for plant protection;                             
      3)  stop  the  use  of  chemical and  biological  means  of               
protection upon violation of established regulations;                           
      State  plant protection inspectors shall have the right  to               
impose  administrative penalties on land users for violations  in               
the  use of plant protection means and also for failure to employ               
measures to destroy weeds and arrest their spread.                              
                                                                                
     Article 4. Financing of State Plant Protection Service                     
      The  State  Plant  Protection Service of  the  Ministry  of               
Agriculture shall be maintained from the State Budget and that of               
the Ministry of Forestry, from the moneys of the Forestry Fund.                 
                                                                                
     Article 5. State Plant Quarantine                                          
      The Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
the  measures of State Plant Quarantine. These measures shall  be               
compulsory for all natural and legal persons, connected with  the               
import,  transfer, manufacture, production, protection, sale  and               
use of products of vegetable origin.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 6. Registration of Plant Protection Means                          
       The   State  Commission  for  the  Registration  of  Plant               
Protection  Means, approved by the Government of the Republic  of               
Lithuania,   shall   register  chemical  and   biological   plant               
protection means in accordance with the established procedure.                  
      Registered plant protection means shall be included in  the               
list  of chemical and biological plant protection means, the  use               
of  which  is  permitted  and which  shall  be  approved  by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                        
                                                                                
      Article  7. Production,  Import  and  Trade  of  Plant                    
          Protection Means and Materials                                        
      In  the  Republic  of Lithuania it shall  be  permitted  to               
manufacture,   import,  sale  and  use  only   registered   plant               
protection means.                                                               
      Natural  and legal persons having licences and certificates               
of  preparations, shall be able to import, produce and engage  in               
the sale of chemical and biological plant protection means.                     
      The  Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall set  the               
procedure  for issuance of licences for manufacture,  import  and               
trade of chemical and biological plant protection means.                        
      Trade  in  biological and chemical plant  protection  means               
shall  only  be permitted when these are packed in  the  original               
manufacturer's tara. Every package must be marked with a label in               
the  Lithuanian  language and in the prescribed form.  The  label               
should  indicate the most significant methods and means  of  safe               
transportation, protection, utilisation, first aid  provision  in               
the   event   of   poisoning,  and  ways  and   means   of   tara               
detoxification.                                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 8. Use of Plant Protection Means and Materials                     
      Plant  protection from disease, pests and weeds is a matter               
of  state  importance and shall be obligatory for  all  land  and               
forest users.                                                                   
      Plant  protection means shall be employed  by  taking  into               
account  the  sanitary conditions of plants and in  keeping  with               
established  regulations  and recommendations,  as  well  as  the               
requirements of hygiene and environmental protection.                           
                                                                                
     Article 9. Users of Plant Protection Means and Materials and               
          Their Obligations                                                     
      Natural  and  legal persons who possess licences  for  this               
activity,  issued according to the procedure established  by  the               
State  Plant  Protection Service of the Ministry of  Agriculture,               
may become the users of plant protection means.                                 
      Without  licences  issued  by the  State  Plant  Protection               
Service  of  the  Ministry  of  Agriculture,  only  low  toxicity               
preparations may be used.                                                       
      Natural and legal persons employing plant protection means,               
must:                                                                           
     1) be guided by this Law and other standard acts;                          
      2)  keep records of acquired chemical and biological  plant               
protection means and adequately store them;                                     
      3)  observe usage technologies and recommendations of plant               
protection means;                                                               
       4)  observe  requirements  of  hygiene  and  environmental               
protection;                                                                     
      5) provide information to interested departments concerning               
plant  diseases,  pests,  weeds, spread  of  quarantine-requiring               
organisms,  destruction and use of chemical and biological  plant               
protection means.                                                               
                                                                                
       Article  10.  Settlement  of  Disputes  Concerning   Plant               
          Protection                                                            
      Disputes  arising between state plant and forest protection               
services and natural and legal persons shall be settled according               
to   procedure  established  by  the  laws  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
      Article 11. Legal Responsibility for Violation of the Plant               
          Protection Law of the Republic of Lithuania                           
      Natural  and legal persons who violate the requirements  of               
the  Plant Protection Law of the Republic of Lithuania  shall  be               
liable under the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
                                                                                
      Article  12. International Cooperation in Plant  Protection               
          Sphere                                                                
     State Plant and Forest Protection Services of the Ministries               
of Agriculture and Forestry, according to their competence, shall               
represent    the   Republic   of   Lithuania   in   international               
organisations, cooperate with organisations involved in research,               
manufacture and trade in plant protection materials and  exchange               
the newest information on plant protection issues.                              
                                                                                
      I  promulgate this Law passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
19 October, 1995                                                                
No I - 1069