Following the emerging challenges faced by agro-commodity exporters especially with the ban of some Nigeria agro-commodities in some countries, the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) is set to interact with its stakeholders in the pesticides platform in Katsina.
While speaking to newsmen recebtly, the Acting National Project Coordinator, James Ocheme Apochi. stated that a lot has been done by WAAPP-Nigeria pesticides platform in the area of registration, regulation and use.
He added that since the commencement of these activities, WAAPP-Nigeria has set in motion measures to ensure routine visits and also to create avenue for interaction with the supposed beneficiaries in the intervention areas.
He noted that, it has become imperative to have one-on-one discussion with farmers that have benefited from WAAPP sponsored pesticides activities, alongside visitations to individual and corporate farms in Katsina.
Apochi lamented that some agro-commodities from Nigeria were being rejected in some countries, noting that WAAPP-Nigeria is stepping up the campaign as a follow-up of its activities.
He added that, WAAPP-Nigeria will continue to collaborate and support with all relevant and sister organisations to ensure, that the challenges are being addressed.
WAAPP-Nigeria has since December 2014 along with other five ministries, departments and Agencies, including Consumer Protection Council (CPC), National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Federal Ministry of Environment and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, identified Katsina State as most important user of pesticides.
It has conducted advocacy and town hall meeting with the theme imperative of personal protective equipment in handling of pesticides and training workshop on safe handling of pesticides, before, during and after application.