By Laide Akinboade
ABUJA-Nigeria-Africa stockpiles Programme has raised alarm over the quantity of obsolete pesticides that are in the nationâ€™s circulation.
The Project Coordinator of Nigeria-Africa,Stockpile Programme Mr. Theodore Nwaokwe stated this at a one-day implementation completion workshop in Abuja, said over 60 tons of obsolete pesticides are in the country.
Toxic pesticides are pesticides that are expired, banned globally, no longer needed and the main objective of the project was to take the inventory of quantity of obsolete pesticides in the country.
According to him, â€œThe inventory showed that Nigeria has 60 tons of obsolete pesticides and we still have stocks that are about to expire but when those ones expire it could be added but at the moment the inventory is 60 tons.
He noted, â€œThis project is not to dispose the obsolete pesticides but to identify them and to guard those that are posing risk and pass them on to the government. We give the Federal Government the inventory to educate them on how to dispose off these pesticides.
The project that will be closing by the end of June 2010,got its funding from three sources, â€œ Canada International Development Agency (CIDA), the federal government and Croplife International.
He said the Nigeria programme is being implemented in all the states of the federation including FCT. He said the project will help to build capacity for the control of pesticides.