Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the exercises of Boko Haram radicals in the North East is responsible for the shortage of tomatoes being experienced in Nigeria. Lai Mohammed said this in a meeting with Channels TV yesterday June first.
“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. 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 factors responsible for the scarcity of tomato. Go and ask economists and agriculturists, they will tell you.”he said