Dr Jude Obi, Department of Soil Science and Land Resource Management, Uyo University, identified lack of awareness as one of the main challenges facing the processes and practices of the Uyo University. organic farming.
Obi revealed this in his online presentation on ‘Organic Farming to the Rescue’, organized by ‘Journalists Go Organic Initiative’, a non-governmental organization (NGO).
The speaker noted that although the conventional production system and other practices compromised the overall environmental parameters, organic farming practices and production systems came to the rescue.
“The conventional system has been touted as the only alternative to sustainable food production and security, but failed to foresee the debilitating effect it will have on both the environment and human health.
“Conventional practice has been conditioned, popularized and widely adopted, either for the knowledge available at the time or for the selfish capitalist end, as obtained today as GM foods.
“The traditional system practiced before was presented as deficient, in the preconditions to feed the human population in geometric growth.
“Developed countries have made tremendous progress with intensive use of systems which have led to deteriorated global climatic conditions, with which Africa currently lacks the capacity to resist, therefore we must return to an agriculture healthy, ”he explained.
Obi, who is also the coordinator of the Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) in Africa, however, reiterated that organic farming is about the urgent need to feed the growing world population with healthy food.
“Humans 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.
“Organic farming is the affordable way to provide quality agricultural goods and services in harmony with nature.
“Therefore, efforts should be made by all stakeholders to popularize the practice,” Obi said.