The Head of the Agriculture Division of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Mr. Ernest Aubee, said Nigeria was at the forefront of promoting organic agriculture in the African region of Africa. Where is.
Aubee said this in her closing remarks at the cocktail party on the activities of the âReporting Back Achievements of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiativeâ in Nigeria for the years 2014-2020 and the award ceremony in Abuja.
He said Nigeria’s efforts in organic farming were laudable and timely, as they came at a time when people were careful what they eat.
âWhat Nigeria is doing will benefit not only Nigeria as a country, but also the 14 other ECOWAS member states, and we hope member states will learn from your progress so far,” he said. -he declares.
Aubee, also chair of the EOA West Africa Regional Steering Committee, said the EOA has been given a prominent place in the ECOWAS Commission, so she is leading the initiative to organic farming for the benefit of the region.
âWe need to look for the best way to integrate organic farming into every sector of the economy, to encourage and promote its sustainability in the region,â he said.
Aubee urged other ECOWAS member states to immediately start working on how best to ensure the integration of organic farming into their lives.
The event brought together representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Trade, Industry and Investments.
Also present were the Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), NAFDAC and partners of the initiative. EOA in Nigeria.
Previously, Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, National EOA Coordinator in Nigeria, reported that the Initiative had the support of African Heads of State Decision 2020 EX.CL/Dec.621 (XVII) on Organic Agriculture , and that Nigeria had been part of the EOA Process since 2011.
Mr. Oyewole Gbadamosi, the project leader, while reporting on the achievements of EOA, said the goal was to integrate EOA into national agricultural production systems by 2025, with a view to improve the quality of life of African citizens.
âAn organic crop and livestock research database has been produced and distributed to strategic institutional libraries in Nigeria; to fill the gaps in biological research in the country.
âIt has also supported the production of the current revised version of the organic farming standards in Nigeria.
âThe initiative has successfully supported one doctoral program, while support for another is ongoing.
âWe also supported eight master’s studies and the publication of seven research articles in an international journal.
âThe curriculum for a comprehensive program on organic farming technology (OAT) in agricultural colleges has been produced.
“The material is ready to be submitted to pre-review and national validation workshops, before absorption by colleges, after approval by the National Council for Technical Education,” he said.
The project manager also noted that intensive awareness raising on the benefits of organic farming was being promoted by the Initiative.
âWe have done a lot of intensive awareness raising on the benefits of organic farming with the production of a lot of information and educational material on organic farming in English and in different indigenous languages ââof the country.
âWe have over 27 printed publications covering different aspects of organic farming.
âWe have produced print and video materials on organic animal production (uploaded to YouTube https://youtu.be/EOrlsk4K0aE, https://youtu.be/F5IsrrbilH4 and https://youtu.be/0LX9GXhP7Qg) to increase organic production animal production in the country.
âWe also produced audiovisual jingles on the benefits of Organic Farming in four languages; English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, to educate consumers in the country, âhe said.
Gbadamosi said the capacity of more than 450 stakeholders has been strengthened, to undertake inspections under the participatory guarantee system of certification and general organic farming issues.
â250 extension agents in the 36 states and in Abuja have been trained on the basics of organic farming, the concept of innovation platforms and its functioning and the operationalization of the innovation platforms of the organic farming to stimulate organic farming markets in Nigeria.
âWe have supported the production of the first draft of the ‘Organic farming standards in West Africa’. This material has been submitted to the West Africa Regional Secretariat for further input.
âWe have established an Agriculture Business Summit, an annual exhibition of organic farming products, products and services in Nigeria since 2016.
âWe also launched OrganiCulture, a journal of organic farming companies, to promote the development of organic farming businesses in the country and the national organic farming award,â he added.
Highlights of the event included the presentation of the 2020 National Organic Business Summit Award to Ms. Ebere Agozie, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), as an advocacy and organic media personality. from 2020.
The other winners were Ms. Udeme Udoya of Ikot Ekpene Women Food Cash Crops Multipurpose Cooperative Society, as Organic Farmer Processor of the Year, and Akwa Ibom State, as Organic State Government of the year.
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