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NAFDAC Refutes Allegation of Dereliction, Control of Use of Pesticides

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has debunked allegations by Online Media insinuating the agency has failed in its duty to regulate and control the use of pesticides.

The director general of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said “The agency will not relent on its mandate stated in NAFDAC Act Cap N1 LFN 2004 amidst other laws to ensure safety, quality and efficacy as well as establish compliance with global best practices”. 

In a statement tagged NAFDAC REITERATE COMMITMENT ON REGULATION AND CONTROL OF PESTICIDES IN NIGERIA while drawing the attention of the stakeholders to the activities of NAFDAC in the regulation and control of pesticides used in Nigeria, the agency informed that Nigeria had banned the importation of Paraquat and Atrazine effective from 31st December 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Also, the Moratorium for the exhaustion of available stock for Paraquat and Atrazine will be January- December 2023 and 2024 respectively.

The NAFDAC boss promised that they will continue to review its guidelines and strengthened collaboration with MDAs and stakeholders to ensure effective control of pesticides.

As part of the Agency’s efforts to safeguard the health of the Nigerian populace in 2019, the under-listed regulatory measures and controls were put in place to arrest/mitigate the abuse and misuse of Agrochemicals, banned the importation and manufacture of 100ml pack size of Agricultural formulations of Dichlorvos with immediate effect, importation of Paraquat and Atrazine from the 31st December 2022 and 2023 respectively.

The Agency noted that recently it  reviewed the list of registered pesticides due to their associated health implications and stakeholders will be engaged to discuss the proposed phase-out of the following products:

*Anthraquinone, Carbendazim, Chlorothalonil, Clothianidim, Diquat Dibromide, Diquate Dichloride, Oxadiargyle, Thiacloprid, Ametryn and Methomyl, Carbofuran and Chlorpyrifos 

*Reclassification of use for the Amitraz, Fipronil, Flocoumafen, Permethrin, and Cyfluthrin

The agency advised stakeholders to adhere to all regulatory measures when handling or using pesticides, stating the agency is committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians and seeks the cooperation of Nigerians in achieving the mandate.

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