IN NIGERIA, THE Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has Said that the Recent Tomato scarcity experienced in the country is caused by insurgents in the North East. The insurgent Boko Haram, according to the minister has greatly disturbed the activities of Farmers in the affected region as most Tomato farms are located therein. Mr Mohammed Said this in an interview with . . .
Channels Television. The Minister pointed out that the said farmers have been forced to quit the North East due to the level of insecurity in the region.
According to Mohammed,
“People talk about the price of tomato but they forget one thing; they forget that the price of tomato today is a direct result of the fact that we have lost two years harvest to Boko Haram insurgency”
“Most of the people you see riding Okada (motorcycles) in Lagos are people who would have been in the farm to produce consumable items.”
Attributing the scarcity of tomatoes to insurgency, the Minister said,
“Do you farm where there is war? We have lost two seasons of harvest in addition we have had very poor rainfall last year and this year. These are the combined responsible for the scarcity of tomato. Go and ask economists and agriculturists, they will tell you.”
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