A lecturer from the Department of Soil Science and Land Resource Management at Uyo University, Dr Jude Obi, said that the main problem with organic farming processes and practices is largely awareness raising. .
Obi said this during his online presentation on âOrganic Farming to the Rescueâ hosted by Journalists Go Organic Initiative.
He noted that although the conventional production system and other practices compromised the overall environmental parameters, organic farming practices and the production system came to the rescue.
âThe conventional system has been touted as the only alternative to sustainable food production and food security, but failed to foresee the debilitating effect it will have on both the environment and human health.
âConventional practice has been conditioned, popularized and widely adopted either for the knowledge available at the time or for selfish capitalist purposes as obtained today, eg GM foods.
âWhereas the traditional system practiced before was presented as deficient in the preconditions to feed the human population in geometric growth.
âDeveloped countries have made tremendous progress with intensive use of systems which has led to deteriorating global climatic conditions which Africa currently lacks the capacity to withstand, therefore we must return to healthy agriculture.
Obi, who is also the coordinator of the Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) in Africa, however reiterated that organic agriculture is about the urgent need to feed the growing world population with healthy food.
âHumans have been confronted with strange diseases which clearly indicate conventional farming practices, hence the necessity and all the reasons to practice agriculture with safety and health as a priority.