Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has convened a meeting with relevant agencies and stakeholders involved in food safety and Agric produce quality regulation to discuss the challenges of indiscriminate use of chemicals in agricultural produce preservation and storage.
Present at the meeting were the Beans Farmers and Marketers Association; the National Food Safety Committee; Consumer Protection Council, NAFDAC, SON, NOA and relevant FMARD agencies including the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute – NSPRI; NAQS and development partners – FAO, WFP and UNIDO.
The purpose of the meeting was to review Nigeria’s National Food Safety Policy and to strengthen regulatory interventions in this regard.
“Our focus is on immediate action through high level public enlightenment on the dangers of inappropriate use of chemicals in food production, provision of safe storage materials and preservation methods in collaboration with relevant agencies and our development partners” – Chief Audu Ogbeh