The European Union has extended its ban on importation of dried beans from Nigeria by three years.
Dr Vincent Isegbe, the Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), disclosed this Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
It would be recalled that EU banned importation of Nigeria’s dried beans in June 2015 on ground that the produce contains high level of pesticide considered dangerous to human health.
Isegbe, however, lamented that the extension came when the Federal Government and its relevant agencies were working to ensure that the June dateline to lift the ban was met. The director quoted the official journal of the EU, of accusing Nigeria of not doing enough to lift the ban during the period of suspension.
“The continued presence of dichlorvos (pesticide) in dried beans imported from Nigeria and maximum residue levels of pesticides show that compliance with food law requirement as regards pesticide residual cannot be achieved in the short term.
“The duration of the importation prohibition should therefore be extended for an additional period of three years to allow Nigeria implement the appropriate risk-management measure and provide required guarantees.