FG raises awareness among agro-actors on the dissemination of fake agricultural inputs

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its allegiance to reducing the growing spread of fake agricultural inputs in the country as it has continued to erode farmers’ profits and undermine their ability to increase production.

In a recent sensitization program held in Sabon Gari market, Kano, Abba Gana Danmani, the coordinator of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Kano, said that the federal government had started the registration of all dealers of agrochemicals and fertilizers to ensure that farmers and other end users of inputs purchase fertilizers and agrochemicals from reputable and accredited dealers, not only for safety but also for quality assurance .

The program was organized by the Ministry’s Agricultural Input Support Services Department (FISSD) to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring the availability of adequate high quality fertilizers and agricultural inputs to Nigerian farmers, by increasing agricultural, food and commercial production. self-sufficiency, as well as increasing farmers’ incomes.

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Mohammed Sani Kwaido, Director of FISSD, said, “The department was established with the vision of timely supplying good quality agricultural inputs to farmers in the most cost effective manner.”

According to Kwaido, the department worked with various international NGOs and stakeholders such as Crop Life & Agro Input Dealers Association, to harmonize the draft pesticide law with the already existing fertilizer law, adding that harmony was established for regulate the manufacture, import, distribution, sales. , and the quality of plant fertilizers and pesticides.

It was also set up to ensure that agricultural inputs in Nigeria were subject to legislative processes in the National Assembly.

Farmers have also complained in the past of buying several seeds labeled as hybrids in the market only to find out later that they were fake.

The director therefore urged participants to be careful and watch out for adulterated fertilizers and agrochemicals that are harmful to plants and endanger human lives.

In his welcome address, Abbas Kashmi Bashir, Head of Agrochemicals and Quality Control Division of FISS Department, noted that some agrochemical phytochemical pesticides have been banned in Europe and other developed countries but sold on African markets, particularly in Nigeria.

According to him, “this contributes among other things to the rejection of our food exports. Chemicals include; Chloropyrifos, Blocade, Certilain, Oléorel, Pyrinex, Reldan 22 and Neonicotinoid”.

Attending the workshop were smallholder farmers, agrochemical dealers and traders, among others.

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