The federal government has been urged to step up efforts to integrate organic farming into existing agricultural training programs at all educational levels in Nigeria.
Participants at the recently concluded 2021 National Organic Business Summit in Abuja made the suggestion as part of the statement’s resolution, adding that organic farming stakeholders in the country should have a good understanding of the principles and practice of organic farming.
Stakeholders during the three-day conference further expressed concern over the level of organic agriculture trade, both domestically and for export, in Nigeria, although growing, remains low. compared to the main countries in the organic sector in Africa.
He further indicates that the relevant ministries, departments and government agencies (MDAs) should contribute to the formulation and implementation of organic farming policy in the country, adding that the funding of organic farming / farming activities ecological biological in Nigeria is low compared to the needs. of the sector.
“While appreciating the current investment of MDAs in issues related to organic farming in the country, the level of investment is still low compared to the expected development in the organic sector. There is a huge lack of technical knowledge on the production system of organic agriculture for export in the country.
“The issue of agricultural extension services to facilitate organic farming in the country needs to be addressed and the understanding of most stakeholders in Nigeria of the procedures required for the certification of organic products and products for domestic trade and the export is still low.
“Appropriate attention should be given to the organic farming sector for an environment conducive to the development of the sector. There is a need to clearly engage young people, special people and women in organic farming for a meaningful development of livelihoods for all and it is necessary to implement the necessary devices that can lead to an increase in the Nigeria’s organic market share (in terms of products, products and services) in the global market and participation in BioFach (held annually in mid-February in Nuremberg, Germany).