Practitioners step up efforts for the development of organic agriculture in Nigeria

Nigeria – Organic farming practitioners in Nigeria have stepped up efforts to improve its practice in the country.

President of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Victor Idowu Olugbemiga Olowe while addressing the Nigerian Tribune on the sidelines of a two-day capacity building workshop for stakeholders, an initiative of the Center of Knowledge for Organic Agriculture, held at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), noted that the training was aimed at agricultural professionals working with the Ministry of Agriculture, among others.

“It’s a project called knowledge center and it’s funded by GIZ from Germany. In the West Africa region, it’s rooted in Senegal and Nigeria is one of the collaborators, so a suburb is also present in Nigeria and it is supported by our association, says Olowe.

“One of the activities is to train multipliers and that is what is being held today at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB).

Training is anchored by organic farming professionals in institutions of higher learning In Nigeria, the association movement is also based at FUNAAB.

“We also appreciate the sponsor, GIZ, the project aims to improve the capacity of intermediaries, i.e. extension agents to improve their capacity. These are the people who have close relationships with the farmers. So the moment they are trained as multipliers in this project, they will come out and multiply. We expect each trainer to have trained between 200 and 500 farmers from their different areas by the end of the day.

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