The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has urged Nigerians to adopt safe food processing technology, saying food safety and consumers’ health need to be given prominent attention in Nigeria.
He said this while reviewing the demonstration of the new model of grinding machine for soup condiments in his office in Abuja, recently.
“The way we process our food is also important to this ministry. I had a chat with Niji Lukas and he produced this. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has interest, not just in agriculture but in food and health. All kinds of self-poisoning is going on, and is related to how we process and package our food,” he said.
He expressed worries about the rising reported cases of liver and kidney problems among children and youth, saying: “Ironically, it is young people that come down with kidney and liver problems. Many of these people don’t drink alcohol. We have to get rid of metal poisoning, polypropylene and review how fish is smoked.
The minister also said that the federal government, through ministries of agriculture, health and science would partner with the media to educate Nigerians on the need to embrace the new technology of operating and using electronic stainless grinding machine.
The managing Director of Niji Lucas Nigerian Ltd, Kola Adeniji, said the company’s mindset for the construction of the electric grinding machine is to ensure that Nigerians have a healthy living by keying into the new technology in food processing.