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NAFDAC Warns Against The Use Of Wrong Pesticides

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In a bid to ensure the production of safer food for Nigerians, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has organized a workshop in for farmers in North Central Zone to educate them on safe and responsible use of veterinary medicines, pesticides and animal feeds.

Addressing participants at a one-day event organized by the Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate of the Agency, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs Yetunde Oni said the use of substandard and unapproved feedstuff in animal feeds is not only illegal but also impacts negatively on the health of the consumers.

Her words:  “animals that are carelessly fed with unwholesome feeds will not only suffer malnutrition, poor health and poor production, but will also pass the residue to man”.

She noted that the production of food with increasing concern over both methods of modern agriculture deserve special attention in respect of “farm to fork” concept  in order to meet with the demand for food by the rapid growing population of the country.

Mrs Oni assured Nigerians that NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant stakeholders are working assiduously in effectively monitoring the various steps involved in the food production chain to ensure the circulation of safe and wholesome food to meet the nutritional needs of the Nigerians.

Also speaking at the event, the agency’s Director of Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products, Dr. Bukar Usman said the workshop was designed to increase awareness on the judicious and appropriate use of veterinary medicines and allied products.

He deplored the unethical use of pesticides in crop production which he identified as the reason for high residues in the food value chain and the temporary ban on export of some food commodities to Europe.

The workshop which was held in Minna, Niger State had participants drawn from Niger, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa and Kwara states.

NAFDAC…… Safeguarding the health of the Nation!

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