NAFDAC moves to avert dangers of pesticides, agrochemical usage

The National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC) says it has evolved measures toward averting dangers associated with the use of pesticides and agrochemicals in Nigeria.

Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC Director-General, made the disclosure on Tuesday during a Sensitisation Workshop for Agro-Input Dealers on Safe and Responsible Use of Pesticides and Agrochemicals in Ibadan.

News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the workshop was organised by NAFDAC in collaboration with stakeholders in Agrochemicals and Pesticides.

Adeyeye was represented by Dr Sani Maiyaki, a Deputy Director in NAFDAC.

She said the agency had received several complaints, from concerned citizens on misuse, abuse, presence of counterfeit, substandard and fake pesticides in the country.

“Due to injudicious and indiscriminate use of some pesticides, many accidents have occurred in different parts of the country.The presence of pesticides in foods, fruits, vegetables, and environment and its use as a suicide tool by youths and vulnerable persons is of great concern to NAFDAC.

“The agency, along with relevant stakeholders, is taking the initiative to ensure safe use of pesticides and agrochemicals in Nigeria through stakeholders’ awareness campaign and the institution of regulatory measures.