Senate Tasks Agricultural Agencies On Standardization Of Products
The Senate Deputy Whip, Francis Alimikhena, at Thursday’s legislative proceedings drew the attention of the Senate to the ban on some of Nigeria’s agricultural products by the European Union (EU).
The products banned by the EU till June 2016 are beans, sesame seeds, dried fish, dried meat, peanut chips and palm oil.
According to the Deputy Chief Whip, the ban was because the products contains high level of pesticides which is harmful when consumed.
He said: “In 2013, 24 agro-products of Nigerian origin exported to the UK were rejected, while the figure increased to 42 in 2014.”
Mr Alimmikhena added that the beans were found to contain between 0.03mg kilograms to 4.6mg /kg of dichlorvos (pesticides) contrary to acceptable limits.
The ban on the agricultural exports by the EU suggests that Nigeria’s unfavourable balance of trade position with European countries will worsen, as Nigeria would be exporting fewer agricultural products.
Lawmakers also blamed food and agricultural agencies in Nigeria for failing to properly standardize food crops.
The Senate has however directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administeration and Control (NAFDAC), the Ministry of Health and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to be alive in its regulatory duties over food and agricultural products.