Adejumo et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (7), pp. 295-301, August 2014. ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number: 062414278 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2014.7.062414278 Potential Health Risks of Bio-systems Exposed to Restricted Aluminium Phosphide in Katsina State, Nigeria Adejumo I.O.1*, Ologhobo A.D.2, Babalola T.O.3, Adebiyi O.A.2 and Ajala A.O.4 1Department of Animal Science, Landmark University, P.M.B. 1001, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria. 2Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 3Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Nigeria. 4Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Nigeria. *Corresponding Author’s Email: smogisaac @gmail .com Abstract: The study was carried out to assess the technical competence of handling agricultural pesticides among grain farmers in grain producing states in Nigeria. The study was conducted in Katsina State of Nigeria. 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