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Osun warns against importation of poisonous ponmo

Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo

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Ponmo dealers in Osun state have been urged to prevent importation of poisonous ponmo into the state, especially the ones soaked with formalin disinfectants.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Adedayo Adewole gave the charge during a stakeholders’ meeting with Ponmo Dealers’ Association, Osun State chapter in Osogbo.
Adewole, who was represented by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Fayoyin Adegbemisola warned that there are some ponmo available for sale in market places that are of questionable source and obviously not fit for human consumption.
Adewole alerted that some ponmo are spoilt during processing and are not supposed to be consumed but still find their way into the markets.
He disclosed further that there are some intruders in the business that are fond of importing these bad ponmo into the state which has to be stopped.
Also speaking, Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Abosede Olatokun appreciated the Ponmo Dealers’ Association for their quick response to government’s call.
She stated that the government is set to examine all the ponmo dealers in the state via the association, not dealing with individuals.
Olatokun admonished members of the association to collaborate with the government in order to enjoy the attached benefits through the association.
She stressed further that the meeting is aimed at organizing the Ponmo Dealers’Association in such a way that they would receive sufficient inspection as it is being done to Cattle and Butcher’s Associations.
She also stated that the activity would assist the Public Health Department to perform their duties, adding that ponmo is a very common meat by-product and highly consumed in the State of Osun.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Ponmo Dealers’ Association, Alhaji Adebimpe appreciated the Commissioner and the organizers for calling the meeting, lamenting that there are lots of people in the state that do not care about the ponmo that enters the State.
Adebimpe also used the medium to state some of the challenges facing the association and also called on the government to assist them.

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