Nigeria farmers opt for illegal agchems
The increasing use of “poor quality” and “illegal” pesticides is impacting on cocoa production in Nigeria, the newswire, Bloomberg, reports. The rising cost of pesticides has led farmers to use poorer quality versions that are smuggled into Nigeria, it adds. The report cites the example of the Syngenta fungicide, Ridomil (metalaxyl-M), which costs $1.89 for 50 g against $0.81 for an illegal version. The country’s cocoa-producer association told Bloomberg that poor-quality pesticides are likely to result in a 10% reduction in the country’s cocoa production this year.