Mr Tony Egba, an agricultural stakeholder in Nigeria has urged the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to lay more emphasis on the production process, packaging and storage of food, for safety and hygiene purpose.
Egba was reacting to NAFDAC’s Special Duties Director, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh’s recent interview by the News Agency of Nigeria where he said that the agency will orientate farmers in Kogi and Ondo States on how to handle food chain from the farms to consumers’ table.
“Farmers are primary producers and they do minimal handling of food in its crude form. For food safety and hygienic practice, NAFDAC needs to pay more attention to the processors and the process of producing, packaging and storage of the food item in question”, Egba said.
The NAFDAC director had said the need for sensitisation is important after the death of nine people who ate “Amala” unknowingly made from poisonous cassava flour in Ogaminana, Adavi Local Government of Kogi State in November last year.
He said farmers would be trained on best practices and the correct way of applying fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals for storage of their harvests.