The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has blamed the scarcity of tomatoes in the country partly on the insurgency that has ravaged part of the country in the last few years.
Mohammed said the activities of Boko Haram are responsible for the scarcity of the commodity.Speaking on Channels Television, the Minister said farmers have been forced to quit the North East due to the level of insecurity in the region.
He said: “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 issues responsible for the scarcity of tomato. “Go and ask economists and agriculturists, they will tell you.”