While speaking at a one-day Public Hearing on Food Security Bills, organized by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday described food eaten by most Nigerians as poison.
He also disclosed that because Nigerians are properly boiling cow meat, this was saving them from being infected by Tuberculosis from consumption of beef.
According to him, poisonous intake of Nigerians from some food items on daily basis arose from wrong habit of processing and preserving them.
He specifically mentioned moimoi prepared in cellophane locally known as nylon, as poisonous which according to him, contain a large dosage of dioxins that are naturally impotent in leaves when used to package the delicacy.
He also pointed out that consumption of sachet ( pure ) water exposed to sun at over 28-degree centigrade was poisonous which he noted usually resulted to many cases of kidney and liver failures amongst Nigerians. He said but for the practice of over boiling meat, many Nigerians would have been infected by Tuberculosis from consumption of cow meat.
“Many of the cows being moved from one place to the other by herdsmen, are already infected with tuberculosis but our practice of boiling meat very well here has been the saving grace from people being infected with the deadly disease”, he said.
Smuggled frozen chicken preserved with formalin which is also used for preservation of dead bodies, according to the minister, have been potent poison being consumed by Nigerians with serious health challenges as a consequence.
He also gave examples of beans and grains preservation with over dosage and wrong use of pesticides by farmers and sellers as another dangerous food poison that had killed many Nigerians and is still killing unsuspecting buyers and consumers.
“Unknowingly to many of the farmers, there is Specific fertilizer for specific crops in specific state in line with soil texture”, he explained. He commended the Senate committee for working on the bills i.e, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service Bill 2016, Food Security Bill 2016 and Nigerian Institute of Soil Science Bill 2016, which according to him, would help in food security in the country and curbing production of poisonous foods, saying “Rejection of Nigerian farm produce abroad is embarrassing”.
He assured Nigerians that the problem of farmers / Fulani herdsmen would soon be over as the Ministry would soon come up with acceptable policy on grazing reserves.