CPC, WAAPP sen­si­tise Osun farm­ers on use of pes­ti­cides

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Ab­dul-Hameed Oyeg­bade, Osogbo

The Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Coun­cil (CPC) and West Africa Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­tiv­ity Pro­gramme (WAAPP Nige­ria) have sen­si­tised farm­ers in Osun State on the proper use of pes­ti­cides so as to en­sure safety of their health and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Speak­ing at a work­shop or­ga­nized by CPC in Osogbo, Osun State, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the coun­cil, Mrs Dupe Atoki warned the farm­ers that the in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of pes­ti­cides may re­sult into res­pi­ra­tory tract dam­age, can­cer, ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect, de­for­mi­ties, mis­car­riages, ab­nor­mal births among oth­ers.

Dur­ing the work­shop, pa­pers were pre­sented by dif­fer­ent re­source per­sons on var­i­ous safe and re­spon­si­ble ways that farm­ers should han­dle pes­ti­cides, from the stage of pur­chase, through cal­i­bra­tion and di­lu­tion, to the stage of ap­pli­ca­tion in the farm and the man­ner of stor­age where nec­es­sary.

Ac­cord­ing to Atoki, “CPC is a paras­tatal of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to un­der­take cam­paigns that will lead to in­creased con­sumer aware­ness, en­sure that con­sumers in­ter­est re­ceive due con­sid­er­a­tion at the ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum and gen­er­ally to pro­tect and pro­mote the rights of con­sumers in Nige­ria”.

An­i­mal trac­tion in Ba­ture’s farm in Zaria

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