The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has announced ban on methyl bromide as a pest control fumigant.
A statement by Director General of the agency Moji Adeyeye said that the fumigant was toxic and dangerous to human health. She said that methyl bromide could cause incalculable damage to the nervous system.
Adeyeye added that its odourless nature, and the fact that symptoms of its damage to the human body took a long time to manifest made it more dangerous.
She said that the agency was presently carrying out surveillance aimed at identifying importers of the dangerous pesticide for sanction.
She advised farmers and importers and dealers in agricultural inputs to desist from using methyl bromide, urging them to contact the closest NAFDAC office to them for safer alternatives.