A farmer, Mrs Victoria Bolujoke, on Friday tasked Nigerians to eat more of fresh and natural foods rather than the packaged foods.
Bolujoke, a member of the All Farmers Association (AFAM), Lagos branch, who gave advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that there were many benefits in eating natural foods, especially those grown locally.
“We have to believe in our tradition and natural nutrients found in our agricultural produce,” she said.
Bolujoke said that Nigeria agricultural produce have all the necessary natural nutrients that our body needs.
“But because we do not trust in our tradition and heritage, we tend to consume more of foreign foods.
“In villages and rural areas, people consume more vegetables and fruits than in the urban areas.
“In urban areas, Nigerians rather eat processed foods like noodles, pounded yam, custard etc,” she said.
Balujoke urged Nigerians to embrace Nigeria’s agricultural produce, stressing that people should go back to the roots and adopt natural diets for healthy living.
“Instead of custard, we should take natural corn pap with Akara (bean cake).
“Instead of using processed oils, we should consume coconut oil which is healthier.
“Our forefathers lived longer because they ate natural agricultural produce,” she said.
Bolujoke urged local farmers not to use excessive processed fertilisers but rather they should go organic.
“AFAM has always warned farmers against the excessive use of processed fertilisers and the benefits of using organic fertilisers.
“We want to go all natural in providing healthy diets for Nigerians that is why we sensitise local farmers on the benefits.
“If we eat healthy diets, we will not need to frequent the hospitals,” she said.