FG promise to deal with fake fertilizer suppliers

FG promise to deal with fake fertilizer suppliers

The Federal government of Nigeria has promised to deal with any one found guilty of supplying fake and degradable fertilizers to the public market.

This was made known to the general public by the Registrar, Nigerian Institute of Soil Science, Professor Victor Chude at Mararaba, Nassarawa state at the opening of the capacity building and training workshop for fertilizer Inspectors.

The Registrar told those present that to this respect a stiff law has been put in place and as a matter of urgency it has been included in Nigeria Fertilizer Quality Control Bill 2017,which has already been passed by the House of representatives and it's wait the National Assembly to assent to it .

He further disclosed that the said bill has made provision to sent sentence any supplier to a five year jail term who is caught supplying fake and adulterated fertilizers to the nigerian farmers, suppliers that are responsible for this will further be convicted and fined about 20 million naira upon court conviction.

According to Professor Chude, “Fake fertilizer kills soil nutrients, because there are living organisms in the soil. A lot of damage has been done to the soil through the application of fake and adulterated fertilizers.

“When you suddenly hear that there is a strange disease in some quarters, you start to wonder what could be the cause. Some of these illnesses have been traced to the wrong use of fertilizers.

“So, there is the need to control the fertilizer sub-sector to ensure that fertilizers sold to famers are genuine.”

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