The National Food, Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the ban of insecticide Sniper from open markets and supermarkets, due to the high rate of suicide traced to the product.
NAFDAC’s Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, Dr. Bukar Usman, disclosed this, on Wednesday, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
He said the agency had asked agro-dealers to stop the sale of the product in open markets and supermarkets. According to him, sniper is an agro-cultural product meant to be used only in the farms and not for households.
He, however, noted that the directive was not an outright ban of the product, but a restriction of its use and availability to farms alone; adding all agro-chemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.
“There are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests” he added.