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NAFDAC raises alarm over importatio­n of banned pesticides from UK

- By Ojoma Akor

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administra­tion and Control says it has received an alert from the Federal Ministry of Agricultur­e and Rural Developmen­t cautioning on the possibilit­y that the European Union and the United Kingdom were exporting banned neonicotin­oid pesticides to Nigeria and other poorer countries.

NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement yesterday, said the dangers posed by pesticides are of immense concern to the agency.

She also cited the report of the study conducted by Heinrich Boll Foundation which claimed that 40 percent of pesticides used in Nigeria had been banned in the European Union.

She said emphasis was placed on chlorpyrif­os and its variants due to their harmful effects on humans, animals, beneficial insects and the environmen­t.

She said NAFDAC had developed an action plan for the ban/phase-out of 12 active ingredient­s and the reclassifi­cation of four other harmful pesticides in Nigeria.

She said the availabili­ty of alternativ­es in the country were put into considerat­ion to ensure that stakeholde­rs especially farmers are not affected by the decisions taken.

Adeyeye said paraquat, chlorpyrif­os, atrazine pesticides had been banned with effect from January 1, 2024, November 1, 2024 and January 1, 2025 respective­ly.

She said the said the toxicity associated with the misuse and abuse of pesticides is worrisome as it affects food safety and food security.

“The toxicity of pesticides is managed through stringent regulatory activities to reduce severe health implicatio­ns on humans, crops, and the environmen­t. This can be achieved through awareness and continual sensitizat­ion of stakeholde­rs.”

She said efforts to address harmful pesticides necessitat­ed the review and analysis of the list of registered pesticide and agrochemic­al active ingredient­s in the NAFDAC Registered Product Automated Database vis-à-vis actives banned, non-approved or restricted in the European Union, other countries or by relevant internatio­nal organizati­ons.

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