The federal government has placed a restriction on the sale and use of the fatal agro-chemical product known as “Sniper”. Since Sniper hits the Nigerian market, it has become an effective product for most Nigerians, especially for killing mosquitoes and other pests.
However, there has been a con attached to the emergence of the product as most youths see it as the perfect poison to commit suicide.
Against this backdrop, the federal government has directed that the product be withdrawn from the open market with immediate effect.
This was made known by Husman Bukar, the director, veterinary medicine and allied products directorate, NAFDAC, at the launch of Lifeline, a herbicide, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo state.
Bukar said the agency would “mount evidence” to show that the products are harmful to both applicators and the environment.
It was also revealed that stricter measures will be employed to curtail the use of snipper in homes and subsequently put an end to the abuse of the pesticide which has been used as carrying out suicide.
“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 snipper 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.”
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