FG, Agencies Mobilise Against Sniper For Beans Storage
FG, Agencies Mobilise Against Sniper For Beans Storage – The federal government and its agencies have commenced aggressive campaign to stop the usage of Sniper, a dangerous chemical, for beans preservation.
Among the agencies are Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, while expressing worry at the unwholesome methods farmers and foodstuff vendors deploy in food preservation, stressed the need to mobilise stakeholders to inform farmers on safer methods of preservation.
The minister, during a press briefing in Abuja, said that the awareness campaign would help curb strange diseases.
Ogbeh fingered ignorance and poverty as largely responsible for the wrong use of chemicals and improper food preservative methods.
His words: “Not too long ago, there was this problem with Monsanto’s glysophate weed killer. Monsanto said it was safe, but farmers said it was not safe, and somebody took them to court.
“Now we have Sniper. They say it damages the lungs if added in food. Then, of course, we have weevils control in beans and people use ammonium phosphate.
“Other challenges, I have mentioned this many times ago, include smuggling frozen chicken across the borders. They inject it and make it look so attractive. People rather go for it than any other type of chicken. Even when customs seizes and buries them, people dug them up because it is free meat.
“So we are in crisis, but the big problem is how to get the people to know that this is bad?” However, he tasked the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) and others to come up with a proper communication strategy before the next meeting.
NAQS coordinating director, Vincent Isegbe, said that the Pesticide Regulatory Bill would be made available to the minister in a week’s time.
Representative of NOA, Mrs. Chinwe Ikaoha, called for proper collation and coordination of the enlightenment campaign to have better effect.
She noted that those messages could be translated to various languages and disseminated to the people.