In order to ensure the production of healthy food, the Federal Government has revealed plans are in place to phase out the use of chemical fertilizers in the Agric sector.
The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the revelation during the inspection of the first organic banana plantation by Contec Global Agro Limited, an Indian company.
The minister expressed worry over the rise in the number of youth suffering from kidney and liver disease, adding that this calls for the elimination of substances that are dangerous to health from food.
Apart from this, this new move will also help in the area of soil preservation.
Audu Ogbeh said, “We are slowly going to begin to eliminate chemical fertilizers. Organic nature means that this is what nature is all about without polluting it with salt, the chemical fertilizers are salt.
“They damage the soil of all kinds and over a while, you find out that the soil is no longer good for you because they destroy the microbes which make the soil more productive. We need to make the food healthier because a lot of self-poisoning is going on in the country.
“Even the machines we use to grind tomatoes in the market, metal rubbing against metal; particles of heavy metals getting into the food.
“Suddenly, you see a young person in the hospital, like 20 years of age suffering from liver and kidney problem and you ask, do you drink alcohol, he says no, then what is happening?
“We are not probing enough but we want to start in agriculture, eliminating dangerous elements from our food.
“The place to begin is the farm, right from where you are planting, from the soil, from the bio-chemicals, the water, all of that has to be controlled and then you have healthy foods,’’ the minister concluded.