The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has raised alarm over the importation and use of pesticides banned in Europe in Nigeria.
Quoting the report of a study conducted by the Heinrich Boll Foundation, the agency noted that 40 percent of pesticides used in Nigeria had been banned in the European Union.
In a statement signed by the agency’s Resident Media Consultant, the Director General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, added that an alert was received from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the possibility that the European Union and the United Kingdom were exporting banned Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Nigeria and other poorer countries.
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Prof. Adeyeye placed an emphasis on a pesticide known as Chlorpyrifos and its variants due to its harmful effects on humans, animals, beneficial insects, and the environment.
According to the agency, it was agreed that pesticide and agrochemical importers and manufacturers will be advised to institute stewardship plans such as Post Marketing Surveillance and research in their companies.