Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Moji Adeyeye, has announced the ban on sale of Sniper and other harmful insecticides from September 1, 2019.
Speaking on Wednesday, Adeyeye said NAFDAC had resolved to limit the use of the products for outdoor purposes and not private homes, following rampant suicide cases and misuse of the products.
She added that NAFDAC is in partnership with CropLife Nigeria, to provide antidotes against insecticide poisoning in tertiary and secondary medical centres across Nigeria.
They are also reformulating the preparation of all insecticides with a bitter taste and to induce vomiting.
The statement reads: “NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro dealer outlets.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020 for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/retailers) outlets.”
The agency has also banned hawking all agrochemical formulations, and the importation and manufacture of 100ml pack size of insecticides containing Dichlorvos.