A Stakeholders’ workshop on agrochemicals (plants pesticides) importation, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and handling in Nigeria and the way forward was organized by the Farm Inputs Support Services Department of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at Debbie’s Upper-Class Event and Recreation Center, km 7 Nyanya /Karshi Express Way Orozo, Abuja on the 5th July 2022.

The main aim of the workshop was to discuss with relevant stakeholders the concerns raised about some highly hazardous pesticides that have been banned in other parts of the world but are currently being distributed and circulated in the country such as Chlorpyrifos, Blocade Cortilan, Oleorel, Pyrinex, Reldan 22, Neonicotinoids with a view to charting the way out of the threat being posed by their continued use in the country.

About sixty-five (65) key stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), CropLife Nigeria, SON, NAIDA, OFI, BEJAFTA GROUP, AFAN, DSS, NAQS, NAN, FRCN, SILVER BIRD, LEADERSHIP, Representative from NASS, AIT and Champion Trade Incorporation LTD came together for this workshop.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, Dr. Ernest A. Umakhihe, ably represented by the Deputy Director, Mr. I.A Buba declared the workshop open. The Permanent Secretary in his opening remarks was overwhelmed and highly delighted with the turn up by the stakeholders and also appreciated them 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 some agrochemicals products being banned from use in other parts of the world, particularly in the European Union that have been transported or found their way into the Nigeria market which is due to the absence of a legal framework to curtail the influx and marketing such banned products.

The Director, of the Farm Input Support Services department Muhammad Sani Kwaido who was represented by Mrs. Janet Igoh in his remark, solicited a high level of cooperation through open contributions from the stakeholders as the department has the capacity and capability to monitor and regulate the National Fertilizer Quality Control Act which is being repealed so as to incorporate the pesticide bill and the process is currently before the National Assembly. The House Committee on Agricultural Production Services” of the House of Representatives Committee is currently assisting the Ministry/Department to actualize the bill of Pesticides Quality Control.

The workshop used a combination of interactive methods that included paper presentations at the plenary and discussions at syndicate groups. Three papers were presented at the plenary session as follows:

  1. Agrochemicals (plant pesticides) importation, manufacturing, Distribution, Marketing and handling in Nigeria and the protocol involved in banning of products in line with international best practices.
  2. The current status of the legal framework on Agrochemical (plant pesticides) to regulate the sub-sector in terms of importation, manufacturing, distribution and marketing.
  3. Chlorpyrifos in Nigeria –EU regulations and necessary crop protection adjustment.

The Plenary was followed by the resolution of the participants into two syndicate groups to discuss critical issues raised in the three papers presented.