Opinion: Is Nigerian Jollof rice going extinct?

by TY Legal

The popular saying, you don’t know the value of what you have till you lose it’ has come to play in Nigeria.

Who would have thought that one day, tomatoes will be so cherished and craved for as it is today?

Tomato is now so scarce and expensive in Nigeria and only the rich and affluent can afford to purchase it. Making a pot of stew is a dream only very few can bring to reality…

Just recently, Spain had a tomato festival where tomato was displayed in all its beauty and this made a lot of Nigerians ‘red’ with envy.

It is believed that this tomato scarcity could have been avoided if the necessary processes had been put into place.

A friend of mine insists that lack of development and storage facilities is a major cause of the present situation.

If tomato was really this important to the Nigerian diet, the required processes should have been put in place to help grow, preserve, process and store tomatoes.

It is difficult to argue against this school of thought.

There have been many theories on the reasons of the scarcity; from a ravaging insect pest to lack of tomato seedlings.

However, this does not negate the fact that if Nigerians were proactive enough, this epidemic could have been avoided.

It will also help a great deal if farmers are educated and enlightened on the steps and processes involved in preserving their produces.

In all of these, I truly hope well-cooked Nigerian jollof rice does not die a slow death.

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