National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has organised a workshop for farmers in North Central Zone to educate them on safe use of veterinary medicines, pesticides and animal feeds.
The workshop which was held in Minna, Niger State had participants drawn from Niger, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa and Kwara states.
Addressing the participants at a one-day event organized by the Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate of the Agency, the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni said the use of substandard and unapproved feed-stuff in animal feeds is not only illegal but also impacts negatively on the health of the consumers.
“Animals that are carelessly fed with unwholesome feeds will not only suffer malnutrition, poor health and poor production, but will also pass the residue to man,” she said.
She noted that the production of food with increasing concern over both methods of modern agriculture deserve special attention in respect of “farm to fork” concept in order to meet with the demand for food by the rapid growing population of the country.
Mrs. Oni assured Nigerians that NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant stakeholders are working assiduously in effectively monitoring the various steps involved in the food production chain to ensure the circulation of safe and wholesome food to meet the nutritional needs of Nigerians.
Also speaking, the agency’s Director of Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products, Dr. Bukar Usman said the workshop was designed to increase awareness on the judicious and appropriate use of veterinary medicines and allied products.
He condemned the unethical use of pesticides in crop production which he identified as the reason for high residues in the food value chain and the temporary ban on export of some food commodities to Europe.

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