MINISTER of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has expressed worry over the feeding habit of Nigerians. Ogbeh, while speaking at the re-inauguration of an Inter-Ministerial Agricultural/Nutrition Working Group in Abuja, yesterday, said that majority of Nigerians feed on poisoned food. The Minister pointed out that most Nigerian diets contain deficiencies. He said: “There is crisis in Nigerian food sector because there is a great deal of self- poison in our diet. “Just yesterday, I was talking with the Ministers of Science and Technology as well as Health about a great deal of metal poisoning in our food and the ingestion of dioxin through plastic pathogens among other things.” He noted that most Nigerians prefer to consume carbohydrates like yam, cassava and maize, which according to him are harmful to the health than fruits and vegetables.
“How do we persuade people to take more of fruits as against the carbohydrate they are used to? “For instance, it is an insult in some villages when you tell an elderly man to take banana instead of the pounded yam he is used to. That means most Nigerians are not eating well,” he added.