ECOWAS promotes organic agriculture, develops markets for better productivity – Businessamlive

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Agriculture Division, Nigeria says that the ECOWAS administrative sector has put in place strategies to improve the visibility of the organic farming in the West African region, as well as to develop its market for better productivity.

Ernest Aubee, Head of Division in Nigeria, made the revelation in a presentation titled “Benefits of Harmonized Organic Standard in West Africa”, during the 5th West Africa Organic Conference (WAOC) which was held recently in Ghana, said the West Africa General Assembly. Organic Network (WAfrONet) had recommended the need for a harmonized organic standard for West Africa.

He noted that the development would encourage regional trade and bolster the establishment of the Bio West Africa Fair, a regional organic exhibition in West Africa to benefit organic agriculture on the continent.

Aubee, who is also Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative, West Africa, further stated that a harmonized organic standard in West Africa would lead to control quality in the region’s organic agriculture sector, would lead to the improvement of the West African economy through trade in organic products in the region, and increase the demand for organic agriculture products, as well than his awareness.

Speaking on the status of the standard document on organic agriculture for West Africa, Aubee said that the final version of the harmonized organic standard led by ECOWAS in West Africa should be ready in 2022, after the compilation of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) available for organic standards and the transmission of the draft harmonized standard and reports to the ECOWAS Commission.

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