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Nigerian fruit sellers chemically ripening mangoes and bananas

Staff Writer |
The pressure to make quick sales is leading Nigerian fruit sellers to ripen their fruits in unethical and unhealthy ways, a reports show.

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Fruit sellers in Kano are said to be using insecticides and balm to ripen mangoes and bananas in preparation for the Ramadan fast, according to Daily Trust. The use of these chemical substances speeds up the ripening process and ensures the fruits are ready to eat within a day.

“If we buy unripe mangoes today and apply balm, they will all ripened the next day and we can take them out for onward sale to interesting buyers. Unlike in the past when you have to wait for some days, with the new method, you can ripen the fruits within just one day,” Habiba Yusuf, a mango seller told the Daily Trust.

The report was confirmed by another fruit seller, Naja’atu Isa who however said that she always washes the fruits thoroughly before selling them.

“We always wash the fruits properly so that nobody can be harmed and so far, we have not received any complaint from our customers.”

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