Following the use of Snipers, the popular agricultural pesticide in cases of suicides in the country, NAFDAC has ordered agro-dealers to withdraw the product from open markets and supermarkets.
Dr. Bukar Usman, Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate of NAFDAC, disclosed this on Wednesday at the premises of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
Usman, speaking during the launch of a new herbicide for cassava farmers, Lifeline, by UPL, Sprinfield Agro and IITA, said that the agency has asked agro-dealers to stop the sale of the product in open markets and supermakets.
According to him, sniper is an agro-cultural product meant to be used only in the farms and not for households. He urged manufacturers and dealers to cooperate with NAFDAC to mop up the 100ml size of the product which are cheap and easily acquired.
He maintained that the directive was not an outright ban of the product but a restriction of its use and availability to farms alone. He said all agrochemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.
“There are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests” he pointed out.