All agro-chemicals are potentially harmful if not used safely. The major concern regarding the use of Methyl bromide is its effect on climate change, specifically on the depletion of Ozone layer. Nonetheless, the Montreal Protocol * provides exemption for individual countries on its usage based on special quota system.
The public may wish to note that NAFDAC regulates chemicals generally but their specific use in phytosanitary treatment is the statutory responsibility of NAQS as the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) for Nigeria under the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) guidelines. Only NAQS can make a public pronouncement on the use of Methyl bromide for phytosanitary treatment of agro-produce in Nigeria.
Therefore, farmers of agricultural commodities, exporters, designated warehouse managers, the EU and the general public should note that NAQS will not permit the use of Methyl bromide indiscriminately.
*Montreal Protocol: an international agreement designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS