Following its resolution to regulate the production of Dichlorvos or 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate also known as sniper, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Controls has announced it will regulate the use of some agrochemicals in the country.
According to Dr Husman Bukar, the agency’s Director of Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, while Sniper will no longer be produced in small bottles for home use, Paraquat and Atrazine products will be banned completely.
He said further that Paraquat has been banned in some countries and it should no be allowed to come into the country
He said, A date for the ban has not been announced but it will happen very soon. Paraquat has been banned in several countries and we cannot continue to allow it to come into Nigeria,” he said.
He also announced stricter measures to curtail the use of Sniper (Dichlorvos or 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate) in homes to end the abuse of the pesticide which in recent times had been associated with suicides in Nigeria.
“Recently, some suicide cases have been associated with people drinking Sniper. Henceforth, we call on the agro-chemical industry to enhance their distribution channels so that this product (Sniper) gets to only accredited distributors and marketers.
“We have also placed a ban on the manufacture of smaller packs of Sniper which are easily purchased for household use.
“On the use of glyphosate by farmers, NAFDAC has placed a ban on glyphosate-based formulations with tallow-amine (an emulsifier and wetting agent for agrochemical formulations.
“Agrochemical companies have been given the grace period of between now and December 2019 to withdraw all glyphosate formulations with tallow-amine from the Nigerian market,” he said.