EU ban: expert pushes for restricted pesticides use

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The Executive Director for Agriculture and Management of Agriculture (ARMTI), Deputy Director for Environmental Protection (ARMTI), Dr. Oloufemi Oladunni, called for the capacity of producers to educate farmers about the responsible use of pesticides.

He said that this would help the country improve compliance with global norms of pesticide residues and reduce the rejection of agricultural products on the international market.

The European Union (EU) has rejected 24 exported food products from Nigeria in 2016 for not meeting the minimum standards for the use of pesticides.

The EU insisted that Nigeria should implement appropriate risk management measures and provide the necessary guarantees before it can export dried beans to Europe.

He said that Nigeria must fulfill certain conditions before the ban was lifted, but stated that it supports the country in the process that will ensure the abolition of the ban, saying that it is necessary to provide farmers with training in the use of pesticides and fungicides.

Oladunni stressed the need to improve and regulate the use and marketing of pesticides, as well as the ban on certain chemicals to reduce the rejection of exports of agricultural products in Nigeria abroad.

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

ED wants producers to be encouraged to use pesticides as real sellers of pesticides and farmers so as not to use pesticides and fungicides that can leave a higher residue.

Oladunni advised farmers to seek permission for the scientific use of chemicals in crops, reduce consumption and ensure compliance with the latest global standards for the level of residual levels.

At the moment, the export of agricultural products is facing obstacles due to unbridled excessive use of pesticides, unscientific practices with respect to toxic chemicals and the use of fungicides that have been banned in foreign markets.

Agro exporters are concerned about Europe's strict standards regarding the levels of pesticide residues and the likelihood of adoption of similar standards by other countries.

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