Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Audu Ogbeh, on Sunday expressed displeasure at the use of chemicals for food preservation and fruit ripening.
Ogbeh in an interview with journalists in Otukpo, Benue, said that the act was detrimental to human health and the environment.
The Agriculture minister who disclosed that the use of Sniper to preserve beans is very dangerous to health, also cautioned Nigerians against the use of carbide to ripen bananas and some other fruits.
He appealed to foodstuff and fruit sellers and others Nigerians to adopt natural means of preservation.
The minister said that the ministry would collaborate with the National Orientation Agency to create more awareness on the need for citizens not to use chemicals for food preservation and fruit ripening.
NAFDAC has also warned Nigerians against eating and buying foodstuffs and fruits preserved or ripened with chemicals.
The food and drug regulator also advised that sale of grains or beans suspected to be preserved with chemicals be reported to it.