Yemi Akinsuyi, 4 August, 2022
Worried by the incessant adverse effects arising from food intoxicants, stakeholders in food industry have called for the ban on toxic pesticides used by farmers across the country.
They also advocated for legislation to regulate importation of insecticides into Nigeria.
The call was made during media parley and representation of communique and call for action on Wednesday in Abuja, by the representatives of Yam Farmers and Processing Association of Nigeria, Federation of Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria (FACAN), and other members of Alliance for Action on Pesticides in Nigeria (AAPN), represented by the coordinator of Trade Network Initiative (TNI), Chris Kaka.
The coalition of over 40 civil societies decried where all banned pesticides from European Union and other European countries are being imported into Nigeria.
The communiques recommendations read in part: “The Nigerian government should begin to develop Pesticide policies and legislation that ensure that the most toxic pesticides are prohibited, pesticides used is generally reduced and that nature based alternatives are promoted.
“The Nigerian government should begin to develop pesticides policies and legislation that ensure that the most toxic pesticides are prohibited. Farmers association and clusters should work towards self regulation on the pesticide usage among their members. They should have a list of pesticides that are unlikely to cause any acute hazard.
“Farmers at all levels should mobilize and seize the opportunity of forthcoming national elections to engage with political candidates on the spread of toxic pesticides and secure political commitments to promote nature friendly biopesticide, the improvement of pesticide regulations in Nigeria and the promotion of sustainable agriculture. Politicians, farmers and electorates should refrain from the offer and acceptance of highly hazardous pesticides.
“Communities, farmers associations, labour groups, and concerned CSOs affected by pesticide exposure should consider litigation as a way to demand justice for environmental and human health damage, and as a pathway to claim compensation from agrochemical companies and their sponsors who encouraged the use of highly toxic pesticides without continuous monitoring of applications, provision of safety kits or availing users licenced pesticides applications.”