The Assistant Director of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Richard Agbenu, has advised the general public to avoid eating rotten tomatoes.
According to him, some of the fungi on tomatoes could be very poisonous to the human system when consumed.
Speaking in an interview with Graphic Online, Agbenu said it was dangerous to take in the whitish fungi, and cautioned the public further to avoid any vegetable that does not appeal to the eye.
“Due to ignorance, many use these tomatoes for their day-to-day meals. Others also use it due to lack of money, since those ones are softer than the usual ones and sold cheaper. They go for it without thinking of the health implications,” he said.
The Deputy Director of the Plant and Regulatory Directorate, Attepoe Prudence, cautioned farmers against misusing chemicals on their crops in the name of preserving them.
He said farmers did not seek counsel from experts on how to manage chemicals in preserving their crops.
He said some overuse the chemicals to make the crops grow faster and also to preserve the crops for longer periods to make enough sales during the shortage of such crops.
He added that the abuse of such chemicals can cause harm to the human body.
He further cautioned farmers to show concern as citizens of Ghana in prolonging the life of each other, and not to kill in the name of money.
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