The Federal Government has promised to sanction defaulters of rules and regulations attached to the fertilizer business in the country.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved a National Fertiliser Draft Bill 2013 to guide and regulate fertiliser business in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, who mentioned this while briefing the State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly FEC in Abuja, expressed optimism that the bill would protect ordinary farmers from exploitation and cheating from fertiliser racketeers.
According to him, “if you sell adulterated fertiliser, if there is no effective (or) correct labelling, if you say your fertiliser has NPK-15 15 15, if we test it and we found out that it has 5-000, then, there would be a punitive measure for that, depending on the degree of the offence.
‘’It could actually attract up to seven years in jail, because not only are you affecting the poor people, you are actually also destroying the environment.”
He also said that the bill, which is looking at quality control in the fertiliser industry, is necessary because there is still a proliferation of the commodity in the market that do not meet the standard of what is required.