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EU ban: expert pushes for restricted pesticides use

EU ban: expert pushes for restricted pesticides use2018.09.07

A mid tightening food safety regulations overseas, Agriculture and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) Executive Director (ED) Dr. Olufemi Oladunni has called for extension workers’ empowerment to educate farmers on responsible use of pesticides.

He said this would help the country improve compliance with global pesticide residue norms and reduce rejection of farm produce in the international market.

European Union (EU) rejected 24 exported food products from Nigeria in 2016 for failing to meet minimum pesticide usage standards.

The EU insisted that Nigeria must implement appropriate risk management measures and provide required guarantees before it could export dried beans to Europe.

It said Nigeria must meet specified conditions before the ban will be lifted, but stated that it was supporting the country in the process that would ensure the lifting of the ban, stating that there was need to provide farmers with training in the application of pesticides and fungicides.

Oladunni stressed the need for improvement and the regulation of the ways that pesticides are used and marketed, as well as the ban of certain chemicals to reduce rejection of Nigeria’s agri exports abroad.

He said the wrong application of pesticides threatens food production, as well as the environment and the health of farmers and consumers.

The ED wants extension workers to be encouraged on the use of pesticide as urged pesticide dealers and farmers to not use pesticides and fungicides that can leave higher residue.

Oladunni advised farmers to seek clearance for scientific use of chemicals on crops, cut overuse dosage and ensure adherence to latest global maximum residue level norms.

At the moment, export of agricultural commodities is facing hurdles due to rampant overuse of pesticides, unscientific practices in dealing with toxic chemicals, and use of fungicides that have been banned in foreign markets.

Agro exporters are worried about Europe’s stringent norms on pesticide residue levels, and the likelihood of similar standards being adopted by other countries.

 

 

source: http://thenationonlineng.net

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