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June 23, 2019

Nigeria To Ban Atrazine, Paraquat Use By Farmers

Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)has announced plans to ban the use of paraquat by farmers amid mounting evidence that the product hurts applicators and the environment.

The decision is coming at a time when new herbicides that are more safe and environmentally friendly are being registered in Africa’s most populous country.

“Paraquat has been banned in several countries and we can not continue to allow it to come into Nigeria, Other herbicides to be banned include atrazine,” a NAFDAC official said..

The regulatory agency also announced stricter measures to curtail the use of Snipper (Dichlorvos or 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate) in homes to end the abuse of the pesticide which in recent times has been associated with suicides in Nigeria.

Full article... Nigerian Tribune

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