The Director General of NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control), Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that it is set to ban 12 pesticides and agrochemical active ingredients in Nigeria. This is in addition to the ban on Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos, and Atrazine with effective dates from 1st January 2024, 1st November 2024, and 1st January 2025 respectively.

She also mentioned that “the dangers posed by pesticides are of immense concern to the agency and there have been recent concerns from stakeholders such as the report of the study conducted by Heinrich Boll Foundation; a non-governmental organization that claimed that 40 percent of pesticides used in Nigeria had been banned in the EU (European Union).”

This agreement was reached upon during their meeting on pesticide regulation, the agency said stakeholders resolved to ensure “pesticides and agrochemical importers and manufacturers would be advised to institute stewardship plans, such as post-marketing surveillance and research in their companies”.