The The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has banned the production of Sniper insecticide and its sale in open markets and supermarkets.

NAN reported that the Director, NAFDAC Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate who announced that the agency has banned the sale of Sniper insecticide in open markets and supermarkets, said the decision was coming at a time when new herbicides that were safer and environmentally-friendly were being registered in Nigeria. This according to him, is 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.

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“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.

“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 added.

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