The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, on Tuesday read the riot act to vendors of toxic agrochemicals in the country.
NAFDAC said it was worried by the increasing suicide rates among the youths.
NAFDAC said this through its Director General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye at a two-day sensitisation workshop for dealers of agro -chemicals and other stakeholders, which began at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan yesterday.
The DG, who was represented by Dr Sanni Mayaki, noted that “recently, Paraquat Dichloride a popularly used herbicides for the control of weeds known for its toxic and harmful effect on humans and the environment is banned in several countries of the world. Based on this, NAFDAC has developed a plan to phase out action plan to ban the manufacture, importation, sale and use of paraquat in Nigeria”.
“Due to injudicious and indiscriminate use of some pesticides, many accidents have occurred in different parts of the country, and 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 “.
“A lot of our youths now use these pesticides for suicide purposes. Henceforth, sellers of such chemicals should ensure that the products do not get to wrong hands”.
“The agency, in compliance to the Federal Government policy on the ease of doing business in the country, “the mission to initiate mandatory listing of pesticides and agrochemical dealers and effective pesticide regulations in Nigeria, have decided to ease the regulatory requirements for micro agrochemical dealers as canvassed by Nigeria Agro-Input Dealers Association.
“ The agency has also reviewed the use of Tallow Amine as inert material in the production of Glyphosate formulations. In line with the agency’s mandate of safeguarding the health of the nation, the agency thereby banned the use of Tallow Amine as inert material in the formulation of glyphosate products with effect from January 1,2020.”
To ensure compliance, the commission hinted that efforts were on to mop up DDVP 100ml pack size from open markets and supermarkets by manufacturers, importers and distributors.
He also pointed out that the chemicals must not be found in public market or supermarkets and that the licensed agro chemical dealers should be watchful when selling the products to the end users.
The South West Coordinator, Mrs Dosunmu Stella, Alhaji Olayinka Akinmade, National President of WAIDA, AP Ajirire who spoke at different times encouraged all the stakeholders to exercise caution when handling the chemicals.