The multi-stakeholders’ workshop on the proposed bill “for the establishment of the Nigerian pesticide council and other related matters connected therewith 2020” with the theme “regulating agrochemical production and usage through legislation” organized by the Farm inputs support services department, federal ministry of agriculture and rural development held at Continental hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on the 24th of June, 2021

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe, declared the workshop open. The Honourable Minister in his opening remarks appreciated the stakeholders for responding to the invitation stating that the agrochemical sector was strategic to agricultural production in the country. In his remarks, he highlighted the adverse effects of the use of fake and adulterated agrochemicals on the yield and quality of farm produce. He further stated that the smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the farming population lack the adequate knowledge on integrated pest management and effective usage and therefore needs to be protected through legislation. He finally enjoined the participants to critically review the proposed bill to ensure it holistically addresses the nascent issues plaguing the agrochemical industry

The objective of the workshop was to raise advocacy for continuous sensitization of stakeholders on the proposed bill with a view to facilitating speedy passage of the Bill. The workshop was also to harvest more inputs for enriching the provisions to capture the current and emerging issues (if any) in the agrochemical sector during public hearing if the need arises

The workshop brought together 60 key stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), CropLife Nigeria, Nigeria Customs Service, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON, National Environmental Standards Regulation and Enforcement Agency (NESREA)