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  •  Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
     Mr Ernest Aubee the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture EOA Regional Steering Committee ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally Aubee said this in Abuja during a two day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa We as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit the chairman said He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards regulations and laws A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws regulations and standards The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards Aubee said He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region the emphasis should be on the small farmers ECOWAS has projects in all the 15 member states to support Organic Agriculture We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers Aubee said The Executive Secretary Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharabutu while welcoming participants said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria Sharabutu was represented by the Director Plant Resources Department ARCN Dr Oluwafemi Salako He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian Sharabutu said The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government We do hope that when this policy is out Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well he said Mr Salimonu Oladipo a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years Oladipo said He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices as soon as possible NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS
    General news2 months ago

    Organic Agriculture generates lots of resources globally — committee chairman, ECOWAS

    Mr Ernest Aubee, the Chairman Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Regional Steering Committee, ECOWAS Commission, on Thursday said that Organic Agriculture is generating lots of resources globally.

    Aubee said this in Abuja during a two-day national stakeholders meeting on reporting achievements of EOA in Nigeria to the government and national stakeholders.

    “ECOWAS Commission is promoting Organic Agriculture in West Africa.

    “We, as a region want to benefit from the high turnover in terms of resources so that our farmers can also benefit,” the chairman said.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is the best way to adopt because it is promoting sound health for the people in West Africa in terms of protecting the environment and enhancing livelihoods.

    Aubee said that most people were used to conventional agriculture, as such it would take a long time to convince them on Organic Agriculture which he said was one of the major challenges experienced in the practice.

    He said that Organic Agriculture is a specilised way of farming which requires certain standards, regulations and laws.

    “A number of our countries in the ECOWAS region are working hard to have those laws, regulations and standards.

    “The ECOWAS Commission is supporting them in the development of the standards,” Aubee said.

    He said that for Organic Agriculture to thrive in the region, the emphasis should be on the small farmers.

    “ECOWAS has projects in all the 15-member states to support Organic Agriculture.

    “We also support various research activities so that the technology that is developed meets the requirements of the small farmers,” Aubee said.

    The Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) Prof. Garba Sharabutu, while welcoming participants, said the council is in the vanguard of promoting Organic Agriculture in Nigeria.

    Sharabutu was represented by the Director, Plant Resources Department, ARCN, Dr Oluwafemi Salako.

    He said that the stakeholders meeting was to report developments of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria with a view to see how it can be enhanced and enlarged to ensure food security.

    “We want to see how this meeting will better the life of every Nigerian,” Sharabutu said.

    The Country Coordinator EOA Initiative in Nigeria, Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa commended all stakeholders at the meeting for their efforts to enhance Organic Agriculture in the country.

    Adeoluwa said that the Ministry of Agriculture is working effortlessly to put up the draft policy on Organic Agriculture assuring that it will be approved very soon by the executive arm of government.

    “We do hope that when this policy is out, Nigerians should be able to do the Organic Agriculture business well,” he said.

    Mr Salimonu Oladipo, a farmer from Oyo state applauded the practice of Organic Agriculture describing it as the best way of farming.

    “Organic Agriculture is very profitable and sustainable, at least I have been practicing it for the past 10 years,” Oladipo said.

    He urged the Federal Government to urgently roll out a policy supporting Organic Agriculture practices, as soon as possible.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharubutu has called on research institutes to develop innovative technology to boost food production in the country Sharubutu made the call Tuesday in Abuja at a retreat for National Assembly agriculture committees Executive directors of national agricultural research institutes presidents of federal colleges of agriculture and vice presidents of agricultural universities also attended the retreat The journey to self sufficiency depends on agricultural research training and extension services he said Sharubutu said the withdrawal was aimed at addressing the current challenges of insecurity COVID 19 and the war between Russia and Ukraine which have a direct effect on the world s economy particularly Nigeria We remain committed and very soon you will begin to see the product of this meeting at the ARCN level we remain committed to ensuring that all policy issues are addressed by us We want to assure our farmers that we will be available to advise them we want to see how several research institutes can synergize to do things collectively and not in isolation We also want to look at the gaps in terms of capacity and how we are going to address them to give us a helpful hand in addressing them We want to analyze the budget deficit as it relates to the implementation of our programs Our colleges must ensure that the training is relevant to the policy of this government And the various outreach units that we have in our organizations must be working hard for us to move into the nooks and crannies of this country and make sure there is change he said In his remarks the Minister of State for Agriculture Mustapha Shehuri says that the retreat which aims to bring stakeholders together to discuss the need to highlight the importance of research to the farming system is commendable Agricultural research without a shadow of a doubt is crucial to increasing agricultural productivity and is of economic importance to the majority of our small farmers who have few resources to access the results of the research effort Agricultural research is a vital component and indeed a strong pillar in the draft National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy This is deliberate because we have to act fast to reduce hunger and poverty through research and technology Shehuri said He said it was important for agricultural research officers to work tirelessly to create innovation platforms in the areas of crop production livestock and fisheries development The Minister stated that it was necessary to expand the frontier of research to adequately cover nutrition climate change and efficient labor management using Agricultural Mechanization Technology
    Council urges research institutes to develop innovative technology
      The Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN Prof Garba Sharubutu has called on research institutes to develop innovative technology to boost food production in the country Sharubutu made the call Tuesday in Abuja at a retreat for National Assembly agriculture committees Executive directors of national agricultural research institutes presidents of federal colleges of agriculture and vice presidents of agricultural universities also attended the retreat The journey to self sufficiency depends on agricultural research training and extension services he said Sharubutu said the withdrawal was aimed at addressing the current challenges of insecurity COVID 19 and the war between Russia and Ukraine which have a direct effect on the world s economy particularly Nigeria We remain committed and very soon you will begin to see the product of this meeting at the ARCN level we remain committed to ensuring that all policy issues are addressed by us We want to assure our farmers that we will be available to advise them we want to see how several research institutes can synergize to do things collectively and not in isolation We also want to look at the gaps in terms of capacity and how we are going to address them to give us a helpful hand in addressing them We want to analyze the budget deficit as it relates to the implementation of our programs Our colleges must ensure that the training is relevant to the policy of this government And the various outreach units that we have in our organizations must be working hard for us to move into the nooks and crannies of this country and make sure there is change he said In his remarks the Minister of State for Agriculture Mustapha Shehuri says that the retreat which aims to bring stakeholders together to discuss the need to highlight the importance of research to the farming system is commendable Agricultural research without a shadow of a doubt is crucial to increasing agricultural productivity and is of economic importance to the majority of our small farmers who have few resources to access the results of the research effort Agricultural research is a vital component and indeed a strong pillar in the draft National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy This is deliberate because we have to act fast to reduce hunger and poverty through research and technology Shehuri said He said it was important for agricultural research officers to work tirelessly to create innovation platforms in the areas of crop production livestock and fisheries development The Minister stated that it was necessary to expand the frontier of research to adequately cover nutrition climate change and efficient labor management using Agricultural Mechanization Technology
    Council urges research institutes to develop innovative technology
    General news6 months ago

    Council urges research institutes to develop innovative technology

    The Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Prof. Garba Sharubutu, has called on research institutes to develop innovative technology to boost food production in the country.

    Sharubutu made the call Tuesday in Abuja at a retreat for National Assembly agriculture committees.

    Executive directors of national agricultural research institutes, presidents of federal colleges of agriculture, and vice presidents of agricultural universities also attended the retreat.

    "The journey to self-sufficiency depends on agricultural research, training and extension services," he said.

    Sharubutu said the withdrawal was aimed at addressing the current challenges of insecurity, COVID-19 and the war between Russia and Ukraine, which have a direct effect on the world's economy, particularly Nigeria.

    “We remain committed and very soon you will begin to see the product of this meeting, at the ARCN level, we remain committed to ensuring that all policy issues are addressed by us.

    “We want to assure our farmers that we will be available to advise them, we want to see how several research institutes can synergize to do things collectively and not in isolation.

    “We also want to look at the gaps in terms of capacity and how we are going to address them to give us a helpful hand in addressing them.

    “We want to analyze the budget deficit as it relates to the implementation of our programs.

    “Our colleges must ensure that the training is relevant to the policy of this government.

    “And the various outreach units that we have in our organizations must be working hard for us to move into the nooks and crannies of this country and make sure there is change,” he said.

    In his remarks, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri, says that the retreat which aims to bring stakeholders together to discuss the need to highlight the importance of research to the farming system is commendable.

    “Agricultural research, without a shadow of a doubt, is crucial to increasing agricultural productivity and is of economic importance to the majority of our small farmers who have few resources to access the results of the research effort.

    “Agricultural research is a vital component and indeed a strong pillar in the draft National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy.

    "This is deliberate because we have to act fast to reduce hunger and poverty through research and technology," Shehuri said.

    He said it was important for agricultural research officers to work tirelessly to create innovation platforms in the areas of crop production, livestock and fisheries development.

    The Minister stated that it was necessary to expand the frontier of research to adequately cover nutrition, climate change and efficient labor management using Agricultural Mechanization Technology.

  •   By Glory Abuh Adejoh The National Labor Court sitting in Abuja has again barred the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN from replacing the rector of the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology Vom Jos Presiding Judge Judge Bashar Alkali issued the order ruling on a request for an interlocutory injunction order filed before him on Monday Alkali said the earlier court order stopping the conduct of a recruiting exercise to replace college provost Dr Joseph Okwori should stand He ordered ARCN to refrain from conducting the recruiting exercise until the substantive issue is resolved The interim injunction order previously granted by this court is still in effect The defendants are precluded from replacing the plaintiff as provost pending the decision on the merits of the action he said Recall that on September 1 the court issued an ex parte order prohibiting the accused from carrying out an exercise to replace the provost Okwori was appointed rector of the college on July 2 2018 for a five year term The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the minister in charge of the ministry joined as co defendants Source NAN
    Court sustains order restraining ARCN from replacing college Provost
      By Glory Abuh Adejoh The National Labor Court sitting in Abuja has again barred the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria ARCN from replacing the rector of the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology Vom Jos Presiding Judge Judge Bashar Alkali issued the order ruling on a request for an interlocutory injunction order filed before him on Monday Alkali said the earlier court order stopping the conduct of a recruiting exercise to replace college provost Dr Joseph Okwori should stand He ordered ARCN to refrain from conducting the recruiting exercise until the substantive issue is resolved The interim injunction order previously granted by this court is still in effect The defendants are precluded from replacing the plaintiff as provost pending the decision on the merits of the action he said Recall that on September 1 the court issued an ex parte order prohibiting the accused from carrying out an exercise to replace the provost Okwori was appointed rector of the college on July 2 2018 for a five year term The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the minister in charge of the ministry joined as co defendants Source NAN
    Court sustains order restraining ARCN from replacing college Provost
    General news1 year ago

    Court sustains order restraining ARCN from replacing college Provost

    By Glory Abuh-Adejoh

    The National Labor Court sitting in Abuja has again barred the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) from replacing the rector of the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology, Vom, Jos.

    Presiding Judge Judge Bashar Alkali issued the order ruling on a request for an interlocutory injunction order filed before him on Monday.

    Alkali said the earlier court order stopping the conduct of a recruiting exercise to replace college provost Dr Joseph Okwori should stand.

    He ordered ARCN to refrain from conducting the recruiting exercise until the substantive issue is resolved.

    “The interim injunction order previously granted by this court is still in effect.

    "The defendants are precluded from replacing the plaintiff as provost pending the decision on the merits of the action," he said.

    Recall that on September 1, the court issued an ex parte order prohibiting the accused from carrying out an exercise to replace the provost.

    Okwori was appointed rector of the college on July 2, 2018 for a five-year term.

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the minister in charge of the ministry joined as co-defendants.

    Source: NAN