Dr. Isegbe advise dealers to stop using destructive chemical in storing beans

Dr. Isegbe, advise dealers to stop using destruction chemical in storing beans
Dr. Isegbe, advise dealers to stop using destruction chemical in storing beans
The Coordinating Director of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, has urge dealers to stop using destructive chemical in storing beans as the chemical is too toxic for human consumption which can lead to instant death. In a statement issued in Abuja by the Head of Media Unit of NAQS, Dr. Chigozie Nwodo, Dr. Isegbe said it was very alarming that a notoriously lethal substance has become a pesticide of choice for storage of beans in Nigeria. According to Isegbe, “The substance in question is an organophosphate called DDVP ( 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate) which is dangerous to health if misapplied as a pesticide. It is capable of causing death if inhaled or ingested in sufficient quantities. This is because the compound can bind to the lung or kidney and may become carcinogenic. Sniper ought not to come in contact with any edible material that would eventually be ingested by human beings. Sniper in beans is a material equivalent of death at pot”. Dr. Isegbe who noted that Nigerians eat a lot of beans also indicated that as a popular staple food item in this part of the world should not be made scaring for the people saying, “It may not be an exaggeration to say that sniper in beans is a weapon of mass destruction.” He urged bean dealers to put respect for human life ahead of hunger for gain. He advised them to withdraw beans already preserved with Sniper from the market and utterly destroy them. Dr. Isegbe also bemoaned the fact that the Sniper beans issue arose at a time when NAQS was close to achieving the lifting of EU ban on Nigerian beans and should not undermine government effort because this is capable of sending the wrong signals to our agro-commodities trading partners.

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