Standards Organisation of Nigeria, has commended the good consumers of beans in Nigeria for reporting beans vendors for using pesticides in the preservation of the crop on sale to the Police.
According to the a press statement signed and issued from the office of the Director General SON, Osita Aboloma in Abuja, stressed that such individuals and collective awareness by Consumers in general are essential for effective standards implementation and enforcement in Nigeria.
Aboloma said the DG urged Nigerians in general 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 him, 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.
However, he enumerated the Standard and Codes of Practice as follows;
– 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)
– 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 (FMoA) officials, regulatory agencies, academicians, research institutes and consumer advocates among others, while SON officials provided the Secretariat.
The DG also reiterated that arrangements are ongoing among the FMOA, other regulatory agencies and SON for 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.
By Gom Mirian, Abuja