Worried by the sudden re-occurrence of killer beans in many Nigerian markets, Cowpea and Beans Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, will hold a stakeholders’ meeting to deliberate on the cause and cure of the fatal phenomenon which recently sent panic among market traders and consumers.
A statement issued by the Association’s National President, Hon. Shitu Mohammed Kabir, noted that the meeting slated for December 5, 2018 in Abuja, will have in attendance all interest groups in the value chain of cowpea and beans production, namely farmers, processors, dealers, traders and transporters.
Kabir explained that researchers and policy makers from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan; the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi and the Institute of Agricultural Research, Zaria will also be in attendance to share research information.
He averred that the one-day forum will receive position papers from its members, relevant government agencies, non-government organisations and international development partners to find a lasting solution to dangerous practice.
“We are indeed alarmed by the sudden deaths from consumption of beans and other staple foods. That is why we have conceived a stakeholders’ meeting to get inputs from across the country to enable us produce a working document that will influence the emergence of a sustainable national policy.
“Officials of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria Customs Service; Nigeria Export Promotion Council; Standards Organisation of Nigeria, the Ministries of Health; Agriculture and Rural Development; Industry, Trade and Investment, among others, will also be in attendance, “ he said.