Expert warns against application of harmful fertilisers

Mr Chuba Chukwuka, an organic farming expert, has warned against the application of harmful fertilisers in crop cultivation due its harmful effects on crops and humans.

Chukwuka made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

The expert said that most farmers were ignorant of the contents of the fertilisers they apply on their crops and may a reorientation.

He also called on government agencies responsible for fishing harmful fertilisers go the extra mile stop its circulation.

“There are fertilisers that are harmful both the crops and human health. Unfortunately, most farmers aware of the composition of most of these fertilisers.

“This where the role of the government, agriculture regulatory agencies comes to play in order to restrict the availability of these harmful fertilisers in the country.

“Agriculture extension services also to educate farmers on the harmful contents fertilisers portend on crops,” Chukwuka said.

He said that harmful fertilisers needed to be wiped the markets.

“The relevant regulatory bodies should endeavour to carry exercises that will eradicate these harmful elements,’’ the expert said.

Chukwuka also called on local farmers to embrace the practice of organic farming to not just the health of the crops but also the preservation of human health.

According to him, local farmers to learn how to apply fertilisers in the right mix, to reduce the rate of decay in the fertiliser-grown crops.

“It very difficult to differentiate between organically grown crops and crops grown with fertilisers in the .

“There are some factors we can look for to distinguish between organic and inorganic crops.

“Organic crops as big or plump in size like the fertilised-grown crops. They taste better and contain more nutrients than the others,” he said.

Chukwuka added that organic crops have longer shelf lives than crops grown with fertilisers.

“For example cucumbers grown with fertilisers may start to decay days after harvest, which not the case with organic cucumbers,” Chukwuka said.

In addition, he noted that “Farmers should also be wary in the application of insecticides and pesticides on their farms. This should be done under strict supervision and guidance from extension agents.

“Unfortunately, some farmers apply sniper on crops. This is harmful to the crops and to humans upon consumption.

“Farmers should be educated on the dangers of these harmful substances, as the crops they cultivate with these substances may even end in their homes,” he said. (NAN)