Agency Begins Sensitisation After Poisonous Cassava Kills 9
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has finished arrangement for a sensitisation programme targeted at farmers in Kogi and Ondo States.
It will focus on how to handle food chain from the farms to consumers’ table.
The NAFDAC Director of Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday, said operators of fast food outlets in both states would also be trained.
Nine persons died after consuming “amala’’ made from poisonous cassava flour.
The incident occurred in Ogaminana, Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi state in November, 2016.
Dr. Jimoh explained that NAFDAC has carried out investigation into the incident with a view to addressing the problem.
He added that some people also consumed poisonous beans in some places.
Dr. Jimoh said the agency had taken statistics of farmers and operators of all food outlets in both states that would participate in a workshop to be organised by the agency.
According to him, they will be trained on how to handle critical aspects of food chain from the farms to consumers’ table.
“We shall train farmers on the best practices and the correct way of applying fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals for storage of their harvests.
“We will also teach farmers how to dry their produce because they often spread them on the express way where such are exposed to contamination and it is hazardous to the health of members of the public.
“Though, this is not part of the mandate of NAFDAC as we deal mainly with processed foods, but we cannot close our eyes in a matter that affects peoples’ health,” he said.