Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Killer beans: SON to sensitise Nigerians on preservation codes

Following the shocking discovery of the use of pesticide for the preservation of beans by some vendors in parts of the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, said it will be embarking on massive sensitisation on codes of practice for preservation of the crop.

The Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma, said the agency alongside other regulatory agencies will soon embark on a nationwide advocacy programme for farmers, processors and extension workers in States and Local Governments on the standard and codes of practice for beans and other grains.
A statement from the DG’s office in Abuja stressed that such individual and collective awareness by consumers in general are essential for effective standards implementation and enforcement in Nigeria.
Recall that footage of some vendors using the poisonous pesticide Sniper, in preserving beans, recently appeared online, with many calling on relevant agencies to look into the disturbing trend and check any harm this may bring to Nigerians.

Aboloma commended the Consumer who reported a Beans Vendor for using a pesticide for the preservation of the crop on sale to the Police. He urged other Nigerians to take greater interest in their welfare by reporting to relevant regulatory and security agencies any suspected unwholesome, substandard or life endangering products or practices.
According to the SON boss, there are relevant Nigeria Industrial Standard and Codes of Practice for beans along the value chain, to take care of issues concerning the proper preservation of the crop from planting to the table and assure the safety of Consumers in Nigeria.

He enumerated the Standard and Codes of Practice to include; Standard for Dry Beans (NIS 1030: 2018), Code of Good Agricultural Practice: Planting of Dry Beans (NCP 065: 2018), Code of Good Practice: Harvesting of Dry Beans (NCP 067: 2018), Code of Practice for Packaging of Dry Beans (NCP 064: 2018) and Code of Practice: Storage and Transportation of Dry Beans (NCP 066: 2018)

The Standard and Codes of Practices, which have been approved for use by the Standards Council according to the statement, were results of consensus decisions by stakeholders, including, farmers, processors, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, regulatory agencies, academicians, research institutes and consumer advocates among others.

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