All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Niger chapter, has cautioned members to be vigilante in the purchase of fertilisers in the state.
The call followed rumours of the sale of adulterated fertilizers by unscrupulous persons and already in circulation in the state.
“It is no longer rumour that some evil merchants are adulterating fertilizers in Niger state. There is need to alert our members to be at alert not to purchase such fertilizers in the markets,” he said.
“It is true, AFAN is aware and we even complained to the state Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. We have alerted our farmers on the issue, and we are all monitoring,” he said.
He enjoined the farmers to report any one engaging in such unwholesome practice to the nearest security agency.
NAN recalls that recently the Niger Police Command arrested a man who specializes in adulterating Nigerian made fertilizers in the state.
The PPRO said that the suspect was arrested following intelligence reports of his activities in his factory at Farm Centre in Minna.
According to him, a total of 445 bags of adulterated fertilizers were found in the factory during a raid.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)